Albany, NY (July 3, 2012)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation to designate a portion of Route I-390 in Steuben County as the Sergeant Devin Snyder Memorial Highway.
"Sergeant Snyder bravely served our nation before her untimely, tragic death," Governor Cuomo said. "As we mark our nation's founding this July 4th, we must honor the lives of fallen service members, and I am pleased that Sergeant Snyder's memory and sacrifice will be forever recognized with the renaming of a portion of Route I-390. I thank the bill sponsors for their work to ensure that our heroes' sacrifices are never forgotten."
This highway portion's new name honors the sacrifice of the late U.S. Army Sergeant Devin A. Snyder of the Town of Cohocton in Steuben County. Sergeant Snyder died on June 4, 2011 as a result of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device struck her vehicle during a mounted patrol in Lagham province, Afghanistan. She was assigned to the 164th Military Police Company, of the 793rd Military Police Battalion, part of the 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. She was the first female soldier from Western New York to die in the war.
Senator Tom O'Mara said, "We appreciate Governor Cuomo’s swift signing of this legislation into law. It’s a timely and fitting tribute on this Independence Day to recall the life, service and ultimate sacrifice of one of our local heroes. The ‘Sergeant Devin Snyder Memorial Highway’ will forever honor Devin’s memory and express our enduring gratitude and respect for her service to America."
Assembly Member Philip Palmesano said, "The designation of the ‘Sergeant Devin Snyder Memorial Highway’ offers another opportunity for the Cohocton community and all of the residents of Steuben County to pay our enduring respect to Devin’s admirable and courageous service to our nation. We’re grateful to Governor Cuomo for his immediate action on this meaningful tribute."