Rep. Grimm Seeks to Name Ferry in Honor of Mayor Rudy Giuliani

Sep 10, 2012 Issues: Health

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Today, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C-NY) requested that a new ferry vessel at the Staten Island Ferry be named after former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani in a letter to the NYC Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division.  The city has issued a Request for Proposals for the acquisition of three new ferry vessels, and following the longstanding tradition of naming ferries after distinguished leaders with a connection to Staten Island, Rep. Grimm is requesting that one be named after Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

“For the tens of thousands of residents and tourists that ride the ferry each day between Staten Island and lower Manhattan, the visible absence of the twin towers from NYC skyline is still a haunting sight,” said Rep. Grimm. “We will never forget the tragedy and loss of 9/11 or the way Mayor Rudy Giuliani united us as a community in the aftermath, but his contributions to our city are far greater than that fateful day.”

“From squeegee men to strip clubs, Mayor Giuliani got rid of the bad and brought in the good,” added Grimm.  “At a time when most thought NYC was lost forever as a leading tourist destination, he cleaned it up,  made it safe,  and put it on the economically solvent path that revitalized it into the thriving city we know today.  Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s contributions are significant and praiseworthy, which is why I am calling on the NYC DOT to name one of its new ferry vessels after ‘America’s Mayor’ - permanently honoring his legacy and commitment to the greatest city on earth.” 

Rep. Grimm served as a first responder in the recovery and clean-up in the aftermath of 9/11.  He represents the borough of Staten Island, which lost 78 firefighters (the highest loss of any borough) and almost 300 residents.  Grimm has dedicated his life to public service as a combat veteran of the Marine Corps serving in the first Gulf War, in the FBI working deep undercover on Wall Street, and now as a U.S. Congressman.


The letter is attached and pasted below:

September 10, 2012

Captain James DeSimone
Chief Operating Officer
Division of the Staten Island Ferry
NYC Department of Transportation
1 Bay Street
Staten Island, NY 10301

Captain DeSimone,

I am writing to tell you how pleased I am that the New York City Department of Transportation has issued a Request for Proposals for the acquisition of three new vessels for the Staten Island Ferry service. Our ferries are the mainstay of the commute of many of my constituents and are engraved in the consciousness of our borough as our longest enduring link to the rest of the City. That is why I fought tooth and nail to make sure that our ferry infrastructure received support from the federal government this year.

There is longstanding tradition of naming our ferry boats after individuals that have had a strong relationship with Staten Island, including elected officials like the late State Senator John Marchi and former Congressman and Borough President Guy V. Molinari. While I understand that it will be several years before these new additions are purchased to join the fleet in service, I think it is now appropriate for me to recommend that one of them be named for “America’s Mayor,” Rudy Giuliani.

Mayor Giuliani’s tenure in office raised the quality-of-life in Staten Island and the City at-large. Few have gone as far as him to make sure that the “Forgotten Borough” was remembered in City Hall. Rudy formed a special relationship with the people of Staten Island based on shared values and a dogged commitment to making our New York livable again.

Rudy’s leadership on 9/11 brought calm and resolve to a shaken city. His strength and courage during that dark day shepherded us through our worst crisis. This alone would be sufficient for this man to receive this honor. I ask again that you name one of our new ferries after Rudy Giuliani.


Michael G. Grimm
Member of Congress