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City Pols Make Push To Rename Upper East Side Intersection After Koch

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When he was running for elected office, Ed Koch spent much of his campaign time at one particular subway station in Manhattan.

Now an effort is underway to rename the station and the nearby street corner after him.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney is looking to rename the corner of 77th Street and Lexington Avenue "Mayor Edward I. Koch Street."

She also wants the Metropolitan Transportation Authority put Koch's name on the subway station at that corner.

Koch campaigned at the station while running for Congress and for mayor, and called it his lucky corner.

Maloney would also like to see a plaque or some other small tribute inside the subway station there.

"He was a leader for transit when he was a member of Congress. He was a leader for transit when he was mayor. He was outstanding in many ways," Maloney said.

"He worked incredibly hard for all of us here in the city. His accomplishments are many and great and we would like to find a way to honor and remember him," said Manhattan Councilwoman Jessica Lappin.

A measure has been introduced in the City Council to rename the station after Koch.

It could be an uphill battle as MTA officials said they do not rename stations after people.

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