A segment of Y Street is now named for a late politician who made South Omaha her cause, and home.
Bernice Labedz Way, which stretches from South 27th to South 30th Streets, was christened Wednesday in honor of the late state senator and Douglas County Board member.
Mayor Jim Suttle, Labedz family members and other officials were on hand for the renaming, which the City Council OK’d this month.
Since Bernice Labedz Way is a commemorative name, it will not officially change the name of the stretch of Y Street.
Labedz was appointed to the Legislature in 1976 to fill the unexpired term of Eugene Mahoney, who had resigned.
She made a name for herself fighting for the rights of senior citizens and the working class, and also focused on anti-abortion legislation.
She died in 2008 at the age of 89.
By Juan Perez Jr.
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER