Designates portions of state route 120 in the county of Westchester in memoriam; designates a portion of route 120 in the town/village of Harrison as the "Specialist Anthony N. Kalladeen Memorial Highway"; designates the bridge on route 120 which crosses the Saw Mill River Parkway in the town of New Castle as the "Staff Sergeant Kyu Hyuk Chay Memorial Bridge".
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the highway law, in relation to designating portions of state route 120 in the county of Westchester in memoriam
PURPOSE: Designates portions of state route 120 in the county of Westchester in memoriam
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one of this legislation amends the highway law by adding two new sections 343-z and 343-zz, which would name a portion of state route one hundred twenty in the town/village of Harrison the "Specialist Anthony N. Kalladeen Memorial Highway," and the bridge on state route one hundred twenty in the town of New Castle the "Staff Sergeant Kyu Hyuk Chay Memorial Bridge."
Section two of this legislation directs the commissioner of transportation to provide for the installation of appropriate signage.
Section three of this legislation states the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Specialist Anthony N. Kalladeen was from Purchase, in the town/village of Harrison. On August 8, 2005, while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom assigned to the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, 256th Brigade Combat Team, New York Army National Guard, at the age of 26, he was killed when his vehicle was ambushed. He was on his second tour.
A former Marine, Kalladeen was attending SUNY Purchase in his hometown before he was deployed to Iraq. He also worked as a resident assistant on campus. SUNY Purchase has since gone on to dedicate a space on a residence hall as "Kalladeen's Corner." State Route 120, which leads to the schools entrance at Anderson Hill Road.
Army Staff Sergent Kyu H. Chay was a linguist with assigned to United States Special Forces Command. Born in South Korea, he grew up in Westchester after his family emigrated to the United States, and opened a popular local business near the train station in the bucolic hamlet of Chappaqua.
Chay was three credits shy of graduating with a law degree from Brooklyn Law School before he was killed. The new Route 120 bridge in Chappaqua overlooks his family business, as well as the war memorial at the Chappaqua Train station, where there is a plaque dedicated in true American hero's honor.
Dedicating the portion of State Route 120 which leads to the entrance of SUNY Purchase as the "Specialist Anthony N. Kalladeen Memorial Highway" and the Route 120 Bridge in Chappaqua as the "Staff Sergeant
Kyu Hyuk Chay Memorial Bridge" is a small way to recognize the contributions of the sacrifice of these heroes and their families in the quest for freedom, and would on a daily basis honor their sacrifice to protect our liberty.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal cost associated with the installation of signage.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6231 IN SENATE January 17, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. OPPENHEIMER -- 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 designating portions of state route 120 in the county of Westchester in memoriam 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 two new sections 343-z and 343-zz to read as follows: S 343-Z. PORTION OF THE STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM TO BE DESIGNATED AS THE "SPECIALIST ANTHONY N. KALLADEEN MEMORIAL HIGHWAY". ALL THAT PORTION OF THE STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM BEGINNING AT THE INTERSECTION OF LAKE STREET EAST AND STATE ROUTE ONE HUNDRED TWENTY IN THE TOWN/VILLAGE OF HARRISON, AND CONTINUING IN A GENERALLY SOUTHERLY DIRECTION ON STATE ROUTE ONE HUNDRED TWENTY, AND TERMINATING AT THE INTERSECTION OF ANDERSON HILL ROAD AND STATE ROUTE ONE HUNDRED TWENTY IN THE TOWN/VILLAGE OF HARRISON, SHALL BE DESIGNATED AND BE KNOWN AS THE "SPECIALIST ANTHONY N. KALLADEEN MEMORIAL HIGHWAY". S 343-ZZ. PORTION OF THE STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM TO BE DESIGNATED AS THE "STAFF SERGEANT KYU HYUK CHAY MEMORIAL BRIDGE". THE BRIDGE ON STATE ROUTE ON HUNDRED TWENTY WHICH CROSSES THE SAW MILL RIVER PARKWAY IN THE TOWN OF NEW CASTLE, COUNTY OF WESTCHESTER, SHALL BE DESIGNATED AS THE "STAFF SERGEANT KYU HYUK CHAY MEMORIAL BRIDGE". S 2. The commissioner of transportation shall provide for the instal- lation and maintenance of adequate signage of the state highway system as designated pursuant to section one of this act; provided that, to avoid any confusion and to limit any possible disruption of commerce, the designations called for pursuant to section one of this act shall be of ceremonial nature and the official name of such highway and 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. LBD13254-02-2