Designates a portion of the state highway system in the county of Ulster as the "Sergeant Shawn Michael Farrell II Memorial Highway".
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Excused (1): Diaz
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the highway law, in relation to designating a portion of state route 44-55 in Ulster county as the "Sergeant Shawn Michael Farrell II Memorial Highway"
PURPOSE: This bill would honor the life and service of United States Army Sergeant Shawn Michael Farrell II, by designating a portion of New York State Route 44-55 in Gardiner, New York as the "Sergeant Shawn Farrell II Memorial Highway".
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: Designates the portion of the highway system on New York state route 44-55 beginning at the intersection of New York state route 209 in Wawarsing and ending at the intersection of New York state route 299 in Gardiner as the "Sergeant Shawn Farrell II Memorial Highway".
Section 2: Instructs the commissioner of transportation to provide for the installation and maintenance of adequate signing of the state highway system as designated pursuant to this act.
JUSTIFICATION: Sergeant Shawn Michael Farrell II was a lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley and made the ultimate sacrifice of leaving his loved ones behind to serve his country as a soldier in the armed forces. Aspiring to become a member of the United States Army at a young age, Shawn enlisted in 2006 while still in high school, received training at Fort Benning and later Fort Drum and served two tours of duty in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. During his 7 years of dedicated service Sergeant Farrell strived for excellence and was recognized for his patriotism and bravery with the following honors; the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, the NATO Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Purple Heart medal. While on a combat mission in the Kapisa province of Afghanistan with his unit, the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division of Fort Drum New York on April 28 2014, Sergeant Farrell was tragically killed when enemy forces fired upon his unit.
This bill would provide meaningful and just recognition of this extraordinary individual who gave his life in defense of his country.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: The cost of installation and maintenance of adequate signage to the New York State Department of Transportation.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7824 IN SENATE June 12, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sens. SEWARD, BONACIC -- 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 state route 44-55 in Ulster county as the "Sergeant Shawn Michael Farrell II Memorial Highway" 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 344-c to read as follows: S 344-C. PORTION OF THE STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM TO BE DESIGNATED AS THE "SERGEANT SHAWN MICHAEL FARRELL II MEMORIAL HIGHWAY". ALL THAT PORTION OF THE STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM CONSTITUTING NEW YORK STATE ROUTE 44-55, BEGINNING AT SUCH ROUTE'S INTERSECTION WITH NEW YORK STATE ROUTE 209 IN THE TOWN OF WAWARSING, IN THE COUNTY OF ULSTER AND CONTINUING EAST TO SUCH ROUTE'S INTERSECTION WITH NEW YORK STATE ROUTE 299 IN THE TOWN OF GARDINER, COUNTY OF ULSTER, SHALL BE DESIGNATED AND KNOWN AS THE "SERGEANT SHAWN MICHAEL FARRELL II 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. 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 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. LBD15570-02-4