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The island was renamed through an effort by New York City Mayor John Lindsay, who said, "It has long seemed to us that an ideal place for a memorial to FDR would be on Welfare Island, which...could be easily renamed in his honor... It would face the sea he loved, the Atlantic he bridged, the Europe he helped to save, the United Nations he inspired." It's also fitting that such a tribute to FDR reside in New York since the president was born here and called the city his home.

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