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Vallone: Don’t name landmarks for the living

| brennison@queenscourier.com

Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. wants to give the death knell to renaming landmarks after individuals that are still alive.

The Astoria councilmember made waves recently when he announced he would draft legislation banning the renaming of city property after living persons.

That honor, Vallone said, should be reserved for people who have perished and not used to curry favor.

“When city property is renamed after a living person there is the possibility that it was done for an endorsement or contribution or because the person was powerful,” Vallone said.

Vallone adamantly opposed renaming the Queensboro Bridge after Ed Koch, but said he’s disappointed the former mayor got caught up in the maelstrom.

Street co-namings is another area that has gotten out of hand, said Vallone.

Vallone’s father, former Council Speaker Peter Vallone, Sr., neatly fits the category the councilmember believes should wait until they are departed for their name to grace city property.

“I think my father would deserve some sort of honor, but if it’s city property it would have to wait until after he’s deceased,” Vallone said. “And that’s not something I even want to think about.”

Historic Queens sites to receive funds

| lguerre@queenscourier.com


All’s well that ends well.

After low online voting caused five Queens historic sites to lose out on a cut of a $3 million grant, it turns out the locations will receive some funding anyway.

The Partners in Preservation contest was a citywide initiative to support revitalization projects. Of the 40 locales in the running, including five in Queens, four sites — two in the Bronx and two in Brooklyn — were named winners. The four divvied up $905,000 in grant money.

The remaining $2.1 million was divided up among the 36 other competing sites.

Based on prior votes and financial requirements, three Queens sites were granted substantial funds.

The Louis Armstrong House Museum will received $150,000 to repair exteriors, including patio woodwork and interiors such as bathroom tiles. Flushing Town Hall will get $100,000 to restore windows and roofing, coinciding with the 150th anniversary celebration of the building, and the Queens County Farm Museum will be awarded $80,000 to restore the farm’s exteriors by replacing the roof, windows, clapboards and exterior wall shingles.

In addition, the Astoria Pool in Astoria Park and the Rocket Thrower in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park will receive $10,000 for participating in the contest.

“This program is designed to encourage community support for preservation and have the public rally behind their favorite historic places to help us determine where these funds are needed,” said Timothy McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation. “The sites’ dedication and persistence paid off and should prove to have a lasting effect on these historic places.”