Pol looks to name streets for 9/11 victims


The names of 71 victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks soon may be memorialized with street-name changes throughout the city.
Under a City Council bill to be introduced today, signs bearing the victims' names will be placed on the streets where they lived or grew up, depending on their families' wishes.

Among the 71 victims is Fire Lt. Kenneth Phelan of Middle Village, Queens, who worked as a city cop for 10 years before serving at Engine 217, his father's old firehouse in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

There's also Mark Petrocelli, a young stockbroker from Staten Island.

"We feel anybody who died in the attacks was a soldier," said Vincent Ignizio, a City Council aide who went to high school with Petrocelli.

Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D-Queens), the principal sponsor of the bill, said the name changes are expected to be approved by his Parks and Recreation Committee at a public hearing Sept 9, two days before the attacks' one-year anniversary.

The full Council is expected to approve the bill Sept. 12. The name changes would become official once Mayor Bloomberg signs the legislation. A spokesman said the mayor hasn't seen the bill but approves of the concept.

Fulfilling a request

"It's a small gesture that will mean so much to those who requested it," Addabbo said.

Once the name change is approved, a separate street sign with the name of the person honored is placed beneath the existing sign. No change is made on official street maps.

A handful of such street-name changes have been enacted in honor of Sept. 11 victims, but Addabbo said his committee had placed an unofficial freeze on such changes pending the completion of planning for the anniversary.

The 71 names were submitted by 22 Council members.

Nearly half coming from the three-member Staten Island delegation, which made a special effort to notify victims' families.

Other members can add names before the bill is approved, and Addabbo said he expects to adopt similar bills to add more names.