Designates a portion of the state highway system as the "Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Parkway".
BILL NUMBER:S7222 REVISED 05/04/12
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the highway law, in relation to designating a portion of the state highway system in the city of New York and the counties of Nassau and Suffolk as the "Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Parkway"
PURPOSE: To honor Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th President.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends the Highway Law to add a new section designating Northern State Parkway the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Parkway.
JUSTIFICATION: Theodore Roosevelt was a native New Yorker who achieved greatness in multiple endeavors. His indomitable spirit led a frail young boy to lead a famous charge up San Juan Hill, be roughneck cowboy in an untamed west and then the New York City Police Commissioner, Assemblyman, Vice President and the 26th President. During his life, he opened our national parks, built the Panama Canal, led the United States onto the world stage when he sent the "Great White fleet" around the world. He took on the trusts and won antitrust legislation, expanded our national park system and won a Nobel Prize for mediating the Russo-Japanese War. He was truly the quintessential American looked up to by those generations that followed him. This legislation would honor the memory of one of our most distinguished New Yorkers by designating the Grand Central Parkway and Northern State Parkway as the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Parkway.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New legislation.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7222 IN SENATE May 2, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- 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 a portion of the state highway system in the city of New York and the counties of Nassau and Suffolk as the "Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Parkway" THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature hereby finds that Theodore Roosevelt, the twenty-sixth President of the United States, was one of our greatest New Yorkers. His dedication to public service spanned local, state and federal government levels as New York City Police Commissioner, Assemblyman, Governor, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Vice President and President. A native of New York, Teddy or "T.R." as he was called, was a Nobel peace prize winner, war hero, trustbuster, and conservationist. It is the intent of this act to recog- nize the many contributions of Theodore Roosevelt to our state and coun- try. S 2. The highway law is amended by adding a new section 343-z to read as follows: S 343-Z. PORTION OF THE STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM TO BE DESIGNATED AS THE "THEODORE ROOSEVELT MEMORIAL PARKWAY". ALL THAT PORTION OF THE STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM KNOWN AS THE GRAND CENTRAL PARKWAY BEGINNING IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK AT THE SOUTHERN END OF THE ROBERT F. KENNEDY BRIDGE TO THE NORTHERN STATE PARKWAY AND CONTINUING ALONG THE NORTHERN STATE PARKWAY THROUGH THE COUNTIES OF NASSAU AND SUFFOLK TO THE TERMINUS OF THE NORTH- ERN STATE PARKWAY IN THE UNINCORPORATED COMMUNITY OF HAUPPAUGE IN THE TOWNS OF ISLIP AND SMITHTOWN, COUNTY OF SUFFOLK, SHALL BE DESIGNATED AND KNOWN AS THE "THEODORE ROOSEVELT MEMORIAL PARKWAY". S 3. 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 two of this act. However, to avoid confusion and to limit any possible disruption of commerce, the desig- nation called for pursuant to section two of this act shall be one of a ceremonial nature and the official name of such highway shall not be changed as a result of this act. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15645-01-2