Relates to renaming the bridges of the state highway system after New York state's medal of honor recipients.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the highway law, in relation to renaming the bridges of the state highway system after New York state's medal of honor recipients
PURPOSE: To honor New York's medal of honor recipients by ceremoniously naming our state highway bridges for them.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends section 10 of the highway law to put in place a plan to ceremoniously rename the state's highway bridges after its medal of honor recipients.
Section 2 provides the effective date the legislation.
JUSTIFICATION: The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. The Medal is usually presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress.
One in five Medal of Honor recipients are New Yorkers.
Among them, the only woman ever to receive the Medal, Dr. Mary Walker of Oswego, a Civil War surgeon and spy; "Wild Bill" Donovan, the "father" of our modern CIA; Teddy Roosevelt Jr,, son of the President, for his service in WWII and, recently, Jason Dunham of Seio, in Iraq.
Recognizing these defenders of liberty and freedom through such a "Heroes Highways" initiative is especially fitting in a state that is home to one of America's largest military installations, the post at Fort Drum, the most deployed unit in the US Army that, itself, gave our nation at least two recipients.
This bill directs the Department of Transportation to designate state highway bridges to honor the 663 recipients of the Medal of Honor from New York.
This is a low cost way to further honor some of our most distinguished community members by ceremoniously changing the names of our state bridges on a timetable that takes into account existing signage needing replacement.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.7208 of 2012 - referred to transportation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal. Bridge signs containing the name of medal of honor recipients will be installed taking into consideration existing signs that are in need of replacement.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2527 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 18, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. RITCHIE, BOYLE, DeFRANCISCO, HASSELL-THOMPSON, LARKIN, LAVALLE, LIBOUS, MARCHIONE, MAZIARZ, SEWARD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the highway law, in relation to renaming the bridges of the state highway system after New York state's medal of honor recipi- ents THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 10 of the highway law is amended by adding a new subdivision 47 to read as follows: 47. CREATE AND IMPLEMENT A PLAN TO RENAME THE BRIDGES OF THE STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM AFTER NEW YORK STATE'S MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS. SUCH PLAN SHALL (A) REQUIRE THAT THE BRIDGES TO BE RENAMED BE AS CLOSE TO THE RECIPIENTS' HOMES AS FEASIBLE AND (B) PROVIDE FOR THE INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE OF ADEQUATE SIGNAGE PURSUANT TO A SCHEDULE FOR THE PLACEMENT OF SIGNS TO BE ESTABLISHED CONSIDERING EXISTING SIGNS THAT NEED REPLAC- ING. HOWEVER, TO AVOID CONFUSION AND TO LIMIT ANY POSSIBLE DISRUPTION OF COMMERCE, THE DESIGNATION CALLED FOR PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE ONE OF CEREMONIAL NATURE AND THE OFFICIAL NAME OF SUCH BRIDGE SHALL NOT BE CHANGED AS A RESULT OF THIS ACT. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06544-01-3