Former NYPD Chief Kerik's Name Removed from Manhattan Jail

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A city jail renamed to honor former police commissioner Bernard Kerik in 2001 has resurrected its previous name after he pleaded guilty to charges of taking gifts from construction firm.

Workers removed the sign from the Bernard B. Kerik Complex in lower Manhattan early Sunday and replaced it with one bearing a familiar name — Manhattan Detention Complex, correction spokesman Michael Saucier said.

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Kerik pleaded guilty last week to taking $165,000 (euro130,000) in renovations on his apartment from Interstate Industrial Corp. — a company that was trying to do business with the city — and failing to report a $28,000 (euro22,000) loan from a real estate developer.

Soon after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, then-Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani approved changing the Manhattan Detention Complex's name to honor Kerik, who also had been correction commissioner.

In 2004, President George W. Bush nominated Kerik to be the head of the Department of Homeland Security but the nomination was withdrawn amid ethics questions.