“Here’s a man who was taking his little girl to the park and in one split second,” said Koslowitz, “he was shot dead in front of his daughter.”
Weeks before his death, Malakov was awarded custody of his four-year-old daughter, Michelle. His estranged wife, Mazoltuv Borukhova, was convicted in 2009 of hatching the plan and paying her uncle to carry out the deed.
Koslowitz pointed out that the slain man was not only a loving father, but a kind-hearted dentist, as he often did pro bono work for patients who couldn’t afford his services.
CB6 member Lynn Schulman was the first to back the councilwoman’s motion. She works in a hospital setting, so she knows that dental services, which can be very expensive, often are not covered by medical insurance.
“For him to give free services to people without insurance means he had to expend his own resources,” said Schulman. “Clearly this individual made a difference in the community, and that meets the goal for renaming a street.”
CB6 unanimously passed the motion to rename 64th Street to “Daniel Malakov Way.” Koslowitz was pleased with the outcome. She now brings the request before the City Council, which has certain criteria for the street renaming process.
“I’m going to try to convince them,” she said. “I think it’s a really wonderful thing for the community, so that his little girl, who will one day be an adult, will see that her father was remembered.”