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Lawmaker wants to remove Ed Koch from bridge name

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

A Queens councilman is proposing legislation to have former New York City Mayor Ed Koch’s name removed from the Queensboro Bridge.

Just five months after his death, City Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. (D-NY) is drafting legislation to return the bridge back to the Queensboro Bridge and name Manhattan's Municipal Building after Koch instead.

The bridge, which was built in 1909 to connect Midtown to Long Island City, was renamed the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge in 2011 to celebrate the former mayor’s 86th birthday.

Vallone told the Post: "My problem is not with Ed Koch," Vallone said. "My problem is with taking a bridge from the people of Queens."

The councilman helped residents in Queens circulate a petition against the bridge being named after Koch.

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