Designates the bridge crossing the Long Island Expressway in the town of Islip as the "Grace Peshkur Memorial Bridge."
Ayes (61): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espaillat, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Kruger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (1): Montgomery
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the highway law, in relation to designating a portion of the state highway system in the town of Islip as the "Grace Peshkur Memorial Bridge"
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This legislation would designate the bridge on Waverly Avenue which crosses interstate route 495 in the town of Islip, the "Grace Peshkur Memorial Bridge".
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section One amends the highway law by adding a new section 342-kk which designates a portion of the state highway system the "Grace Peshkur Memorial Bridge". Section Two directs the commissioner of transportation to install and maintain adequate signage as is designated by this act. The renaming of the bridge is ceremonial in nature and the official name shall remain unchanged to avoid confusion and limit disruption in commerce. Section Three is the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: On May 17, 2009, Grace Peshkur died at age seven of a rare and incurable skin disease. During her short life, Grace touched the lives of everyone in the community of Holtsville and beyond with her strength and fighting spirit. From birth, she struggled with incredibly burdensome equipment and time consuming procedures every day while yearning to join other little boys and girls in normal childhood activities. Despite these hardships imposed on her by her condition, little Grace, known by those close to her as Tinkerbelle, or Princess, lived life with a smile and a laugh, inspiring everyone around her with her strength, sweetness and perseverance. Grace Peshkur was deprived of her life by this horrible illness, and was also deprived of a childhood during the short time she spent here on earth. This dedication will memorialize Grace in her community and remind those who travel this bridge of the mark that she left on the hearts of those in her community.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4385--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 4, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. ZELDIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation -- commit- tee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recom- mitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the highway law, in relation to designating a portion of the state highway system in the town of Islip as the "Grace Peshkur Memorial Bridge" THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The highway law is amended by adding a new section 342-kk to read as follows: S 342-KK. PORTION OF STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM TO BE DESIGNATED AS THE "GRACE PESHKUR MEMORIAL BRIDGE". THE BRIDGE ON WAVERLY AVENUE WHICH CROSSES INTERSTATE ROUTE 495 IN THE TOWN OF ISLIP, COUNTY OF SUFFOLK, SHALL BE DESIGNATED AND KNOWN AS THE "GRACE PESHKUR MEMORIAL BRIDGE". S 2. The commissioner of transportation shall provide for the instal- lation and maintenance of adequate signing of the state highway system as designated pursuant to section one of this act. However, to avoid confusion and to limit any possible disruption of commerce, the desig- nation called for pursuant to section one of this act shall be one of ceremonial nature and the official name of such bridge shall not be changed as a result of this act. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10434-04-1