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Facts must get checked before going to print

One of the stories columnist Dee Richard reported on Feb. 12 was the renaming of a portion of 77th Avenue in memory of a judge. The matter had come before Community Board 11 for approval. She went on to state that if the renaming went through, then all the people living on that portion of 77th Avenue would have to change their addresses on their “check books; credit cards; voter registration; driver’s licenses; Social Security, Medicare, health, auto and home insurance policies; the post office, etc.”

This is not true. My understanding, as a CB 11 member, is that the renaming is an honorary gesture. A sign with the honoree’s name is placed by the numerical or word name of the roadway when the renaming is done.

There is no need for anyone living along that roadway to change any of the addresses on their documents or policies. The roadway remains legally named the way it has been, by number or word name, not by the honoree’s name.

With all due respect, Richard should check her facts before writing her column. I believe she needlessly alarmed people.

Henry Euler


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