The all-capital letters bearing the name of former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik were unceremoniously stripped from a Manhattan jail yesterday, reports the New York Daily News. Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered the renaming of the downtown lockup after Kerik copped a guilty plea in a corruption probe stretching back 18 months. Maintenance workers started about 1 a.m. yesterday to unbolt three Bernard B. Kerik Complex signs in the dark and replace them with signs bearing the jail’s old name: Manhattan Detention Complex.
It was the latest fall from grace for Kerik, who was fingerprinted and photographed Friday as he pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges. He stood before a Bronx judge and admitted illegally accepting $165,000 in free renovations on a Bronx apartment from a contractor with alleged mob ties. He was the city correction commissioner at the time. The plea came less than five years after former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani renamed the Manhattan jail nicknamed The Tombs in honor of his loyal protege, citing his heroism during 9/11.