Designates a bridge on state route 20 in the town of Nassau, county of Rensselaer, as the "Staff Sergeant Derek Farley Memorial Bridge".
Ayes (59): Adams, Addabbo, 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 (3): Alesi, Espaillat, Huntley
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the highway law, in relation to designating a portion of the state highway system as the "Staff Sergeant Derek Farley Memorial Bridge"
PURPOSE: This legislation will designate the bridge across a tributary of Nassau Lake on state route 20 in the town of Nassau, county of Rensselaer, shall be designated and known as the "Staff Sergeant Derek Farley Memorial Bridge."
Section 1: The highway law is amended by adding a new section 343-z to read as follows: Portion of the state highway system to be designated as the "Staff Sergeant Derek Farley Memorial Bridge".
JUSTIFICATION: Staff Sergeant Derek Farley, a young soldier from Nassau, New York, dedicated his life to public service, making many sacrifices to ensure the safety of others.
At age 17, Derek Farley joined the military, becoming an explosive ordnance disposal specialist, or EOD. Farley's job was to defuse or disarm improvised explosive devices (IED) and to secure locations by checking for bombs. Staff Sergeant Farley deployed to Iraq where he worked grueling 12-hour-long missions. He was awarded a purple Heart after blowing out his eardrum while detonating an explosive device during his deployment.
Following Iraq, Staff Sergeant Farley deployed to Afghanistan. While on a mission in Afghanistan, Farley was tragically killed when attempting to disarm an IED.
Staff Sergeant Farley must be recognized for his selfless work in the military. This legislation would honor his memory by designating a bridge on state route 20 in the town of Nassau, county of Rensselaer, as the "Staff Sergeant Derek Farley Memorial Bridge"
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.
FISCAL IMPACT: None to the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7674 IN SENATE June 13, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. McDONALD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the highway law, in relation to designating a portion of the state highway system as the "Staff Sergeant Derek Farley 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 343-z to read as follows: S 343-Z. PORTION OF THE STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM TO BE DESIGNATED AS THE "STAFF SERGEANT DEREK FARLEY MEMORIAL BRIDGE". THE BRIDGE ACROSS A TRIBUTARY OF NASSAU LAKE ON STATE ROUTE 20 IN THE TOWN OF NASSAU, COUNTY OF RENSSELAER, SHALL BE DESIGNATED AND KNOWN AS THE "STAFF SERGEANT DEREK FARLEY 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. LBD15471-02-2