Triborough to be renamed for RFK

June 5, 2008 12:28:25 PM PDT
A bridge that leads to the airport named for John F. Kennedy is getting renamed for his younger brother, Robert F. Kennedy, the former New York senator assassinated in 1968.The state Assembly has given final legislative approval to rename New York City's Triborough Bridge, following Senate approval in April. Gov. David Paterson plans to sign the measure to call it the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, spokesman Errol Cockfield says. The bill memo notes "minimal budgetary impact" for the cost of changing signs.

The Triborough Bridge, opened in 1936, is actually a complex of three bridges, a viaduct and 14 miles of approach roads. It connects Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens.

"On the fortieth anniversary of his last campaign, naming the span across three boroughs is a tremendous tribute to Robert Kennedy's commitment to bridging divides between black and white, rich and poor, young and old, and to his commitment to creating a more just and peaceful world," said Kerry Kennedy, one of RFK's 11 children and founder of the Robert F Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights.