Designates future interstate highway 781 as the Paul Cerjan Memorial Highway.
Ayes (60): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Storobin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (2): Espaillat, Huntley
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the highway law, in relation to the designation of a portion of the state highway system
PURPOSE: To designate the interstate highway 781 as the "Paul Cerjan Memorial Highway."
SUMMARY: Section 1 amends the highway law by adding a new section, 342-ccc in order that interstate highway 781 be designated as the "Paul Cerjan Memorial Highway."
Section 2 directs the commissioner of the department of transportation to provide for "Paul Cerjan Memorial Highway" signage.
Section 3 provides the enacting clause.
JUSTIFICATION: This legislation would celebrate the late US Army Lieutenant General Paul G. Cerjan's contribution to the Nation, New York, the North Country and Fort Drum.
Born in Rome, New York and a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, Paul Cerjan served our Nation for 34 distinguished years rising to the rank of Lieutenant General. He had many important assignments in peace and war. He left his mark on them all but none as permanently as Fort Drum, New York, home of the 10th Mountain Division, the Army's most deployed division.
As the Assistant Division Commander for Support of the 10th Mountain Division (1985 - 1988), he was responsible for the planning, programming and the execution of a $1.2 Billion construction project which transformed Fort Drum from a small reserve training center to a world class power projection platform. His vision, knowledge of the Department of Defense military construction process and understanding of the Corps of Engineers policies and procedures enabled the General to bring the project to completion on time, to standard and under budget. He, more than anyone involved during that time, laid the foundation for the Fort Drum we know today.
After retirement in 1994 he continued to contribute to our Nation, New York, the North Country and Fort Drum in the defense and educational communities. As CEO of several organizations in direct support of Soldiers in combat, he spent several years in the combat theaters of Iraq and Kuwait. He also served as President of three Universities, helping to shape the minds and values of America's future leaders.
Lieutenant General Cerjan's love of the North Country and the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division strengthened over the years. He remained actively involved with the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division and was the co-chair of the 10th Mountain Division Scholarship Fund.
On June 5th, 2012, the Jefferson County Board of Legislators unanimously approved a resolution expressing support for the naming of the Interstate Highway 81 Fort Drum Connector as the "Paul Cerjan Memorial Highway".
Naming the Interstate Highway 81 Fort Drum Connector as the "Paul Cerjan Memorial Highway" would be a fitting tribute to his many contributions to our Nation, New York, the North Country and Fort Drum. When completed, this highway will provide a safer, faster and environmentally greener passage from the main North-South route of travel to the home of the 10th Mountain Division for the Soldiers, their family members and others going to or from Fort Drum. It will also enhance the rapid deployment capability of America's only East Coast Light Infantry Division. Thus, the "Paul Cerjan Memorial Highway" would be symbolic of what Paul Cerjan's life, in and out of uniform, was all about.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None. Current project costs will cover the signage.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7631--B IN SENATE June 8, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sens. RITCHIE, GRIFFO, LARKIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Trans- portation -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the highway law, in relation to the designation of a portion of the state highway system 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-ccc to read as follows: S 342-CCC. PORTION OF THE STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM TO BE DESIGNATED AS THE "PAUL CERJAN MEMORIAL HIGHWAY". ALL THAT PORTION OF THE STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM CONSTITUTING NEW YORK ROUTE 781/FUTURE INTERSTATE ROUTE 781 FROM ITS BEGINNING AT INTERSTATE ROUTE 81 IN THE TOWN OF PAMELIA, JEFFERSON COUNTY, TO ITS EASTERN TERMINUS IN THE TOWN OF LE RAY, JEFFERSON COUNTY, ALSO REFERRED TO AS THE FORT DRUM CONNECTOR, SHALL BE DESIGNATED AND KNOWN AS THE "PAUL CERJAN MEMORIAL HIGHWAY". 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; provided that, to avoid any confusion and to limit any possible disruption of commerce, the designation called for pursuant to section one of this act shall be one of ceremonial nature and the official name of such highway 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. LBD16179-05-2