Brookhaven Bridge Will Be Renamed in Honor of Suffolk County Native Staff Sergeant Louis Bonacasa, Killed While on Active Duty in Afghanistan in 2015
Cuomo: "Staff Sergeant Bonacasa was a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice and we owe him and his family the greatest debt of gratitude. Naming this bridge in his honor is our tribute to his valor and his service to our nation."
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.5112A/A.7296A) to designate a portion of the state highway system as the "SSgt Louis Bonacasa Memorial Bridge." Staff Sergeant Louis Bonacasa, a member of the U.S. Air Force native to Suffolk County, was killed in a suicide attack while on patrol near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan in December 2015. The designated highway portion encompasses the bridge on Yaphank Avenue, between the northbound and southbound service roads, crossing the Long Island Expressway, within the town of Brookhaven.
"Staff Sergeant Bonacasa was a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice and we owe him and his family the greatest debt of gratitude," Governor Cuomo said. "Naming this bridge in his honor is our tribute to his valor and his service to our nation."
"SSgt Louis Bonacasa served his country honorably for thirteen years. This is an appropriate tribute recognizing the ultimate sacrifice made by this American hero," said Senator Kenneth LaValle.
Assembly Member Joe DeStefano said, "Dedicating this bridge in the name of SSgt Bonacasa is but one small way to honor the bravery, dedication, and sacrifice of this American hero."
Staff Sergeant Bonacasa was an Air National Guardsman deployed abroad on active duty and had previously served in Iraq, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.