NYC Bridge Renamed After RFK

Bill Clinton, Gov. Paterson attend ceremony at former Triborough to honor slain senator
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2008 4:42 PM CST
NYC Bridge Renamed After RFK
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., speaks during a ceremony to mark the official renaming of the Triborough Bridge to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge in New York today.   (AP Photo)

It’s official: The bridge formerly known as the Triborough was renamed the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge today, NY1 reports. Michael Bloomberg, Bill Clinton, David Paterson and members of the Kennedy family attended the ceremony in Astoria, Queens, to honor the late senator from New York, who would have been 83 tomorrow; RFK was assassinated in 1968.

“I think if he had lived, he would have been president,” former aide Earl Graves said of Kennedy at the ceremony. “I think we were well on the way to that happening. He would think it's very appropriate because he said 40 years ago that he did see that an African American one day would be president. And today that has come to fruition.” (More Triborough Bridge stories.)

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