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Renaming NYC Subway Station for Koch Against Policy

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N.Y.’s 77th Street Subway Station to Be Named in Honor of Koch
Performers sing on the platform of late New York Mayor Ed Koch's favorite subway station at 77th Street and Lexington Avenue on June 19, 2007. Photographer: Bebeto Matthews/AP Photo

Feb. 4 (Bloomberg) -- New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority won’t approve U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney’s proposal to rename a subway station in honor of Edward I. Koch, the three-term mayor who died last week.

“The MTA has a policy not to rename stations for individuals,” said Aaron Donovan, a spokesman for the MTA.

Maloney, a Democrat first elected to Congress in 1992, said yesterday that the station at 77th Street and Lexington Avenue would bear the mayor’s name. She will hold a press conference at 1:45 p.m. today at the station, said Jacob Tugendrajach, her deputy communications director.

“Right now, we’re basically trying to explore the avenues of how to best honor Ed Koch,” Tugendrajach said in a telephone interview. “The congresswoman’s excited to try to recognize him at his favorite corner and wants to figure out the best way to do that.”

“We heard pretty quickly from the MTA that renaming might not be the best route, so now we’re broadening that.”

Koch, 88, died Feb. 1 of heart failure at New York-Presbyterian Columbia Hospital. Serving from 1978 through 1989, he presided over the Wall Street-fueled economic boom of the 1980s, turning a $1 billion budget deficit into a $500 million surplus in five years.

Koch’s funeral was today at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan. A shiva will be held tomorrow for family and friends at Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s residence.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mary Childs in New York at mchilds5@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Alan Goldstein at agoldstein5@bloomberg.net

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