New York Daily News

January 22, 2015, 5:22 PM



Streets named for slain officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu


Two Brooklyn streets will be named for the cops killed in an ambush last month after the City Council voted for the honor Thursday.

The teary-eyed families of Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos stood by as Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, and Police Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch — putting aside their disputes — paid tribute to the cops shot to death sitting in their patrol car in Bedford Stuyvesant.

“Detectives Ramos and Liu were taken from us in a most vile way,” Mark-Viverito said. “Forever, these two streets will bear their names. Forever, New Yorkers will remember. And forever, their memory will live.”

The Council voted unanimously to create Detective Wenjian Liu Way on West 6th Street between Ave. S and T, and Detective Rafael Ramos Way on Ridgewood Ave. between Shepherd Ave. and Highland Place.

Both streets are near the officers’ homes and were chosen by their families.

“You may get used to the pain, but it never goes away. The sadness is profound,” Lynch said. “Today, we all stand together here to honor two heroes.”

Lynch avoided the fiery rhetoric he has directed at Mayor de Blasio as well as Mark-Viverito - both of whom he targeted in a petition asking them to stay away from cops’ funerals.

“We say to those families, the day you lose your loved ones, you become part of our family. And family comes together to give them a shoulder to cry on, a shoulder to lean on,” Lynch said.

He said he’d continue to keep an eye on the Council, whose legislative efforts to regulate the NYPD he has slammed, saying when asked if they have cops’ backs, “Time will tell.”

“We’ll also be watching for any laws that come along that will hamper [cops] and make [their jobs] more difficult. We’re hopeful that after this terrible tragedy that the Council will move forward supporting New York City police officers, and we await that day,” he said.

Mark-Viverito said she was happy to put the feud aside for the day.

“Anyone that wants to lend their support and join us in really closing ranks and moving the city forward is more than welcome at the City Council,” she said.