Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today he signed three measures to rename roadways in the Mid-Hudson region in honor of three fallen New York military heroes who died serving their nation.
"These heroic New Yorkers dedicated their lives to protecting this nation and made the ultimate sacrifice while fighting to uphold it's the principles and ideals," Governor Cuomo said. "These designations will help ensure the valor and dedication exhibited by Captain Carpenter, Corporal Jackowski, and Private First Class Cordo will be memorialized and remembered for generations to come."
Army Captain Clayton Carpenter Memorial Highway:
Army Captain Clayton Carpenter, 31, from Cortlandt Manor, Westchester County, was tragically killed on January 15, 2014 during a training accident when the MH-60 Blackhawk he was piloting crashed near Hunter Army Air Field in Savannah, Georgia. Captain Carpenter's decorated military career included tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The bill,(S.7659/A.10247), renames aportion of State Route 118 in Yorktown, Westchester County, beginning at its intersection with Underhill Avenue, continuing north and terminating at the intersection with State Route 202, as the "Army Captain Clayton Carpenter Memorial Highway."
Senator Terrence Murphy said, "There is no question Clayton Carpenter has earned our enduring gratitude for his bravery and the leadership qualities he exemplified. Major Carpenter may have been too humble to speak about his own accomplishments, but now generations to come will know about his bravery, his incomparable service record and his devotion to his country."
Assemblyman Steve Katz said, "Captain Clayton Carpenter was a hometown hero. He grew up with many people who I now serve. He exemplified all that was good and strived to be the very best he could for himself, and then dedicated himself to serve our county. He served doing some of the most dangerous duty our nation would ask of one of its sons and gave his final full measure of devotion to his county. The least we could do is memorialize him by naming a road after him so he will never be forgotten."
Private First Class Douglas Cordo Memorial Highway:
Private First Class Douglas Cordo, 20, of Kingston, Ulster County, was assigned as an infantryman to the 1st Battalion of the fist Stryker Brigade Combat Team based in Fort Wainwright, Alaska. PFC Cordo was killed during active duty on August 19, 2011 Zabul, Afghanistan, during an enemy attack.
The bill,(A.9028B/S.6372A), designates a portion of State Route 32 in Ulster County, beginning at the intersection with State Route 9-W and terminating in the Town of Saugerties, as the "Private First Class Douglas Cordo Memorial Highway."
Senator George Amedore said, "Private First Class Douglas Cordo put duty, honor, and love of country above all else, and renaming this piece of highway in his memory will ensure that his legacy is remembered by all who drive it. PFC Cordo served our nation and sacrificed his life on our behalf and this is a way to recognize his service and honor his memory. I want to thank Rolling Thunder, PFC Cordo's family, and Assemblymember Cahill for working together to ensure the legacy of this brave soldier will endure in Ulster County, and I thank Governor Cuomo for signing this bill."
Assemblyman Kevin Cahill said, "It’s a tragedy to lose someone so young. Doug was a friend to many and thoroughly loved to make people laugh, especially children. He had his whole life ahead of him and though he knew the risk he was taking, Doug Cordo gave his life for the greater good of mankind. I am honored to be a sponsor of this legislation and I am proud of it becoming law. Our entire community and state are grateful to PFC Cordo and his family for his ultimate sacrifice."
Marine Corporal James J. Jackowski Memorial Highway:
Marine Corporal James J. Jackowski, 20, of Lewisboro, Westchester County, was one of the 239 Marines tragically killed in the Beirut, Lebanon barracks bombings on October 23, 1983.
The bill, (S.6472/A.9029), renames the portion of State Route 35 in Lewisboro, beginning at the intersection with State Route 124 and ending at its intersection with Ridgefield Avenue, as the "Marine Corporal James J. Jackowski Memorial Highway." This roadway runs directly past Corporal Jackowski's family home while he attended high school, and at the time of his death.
Senator Terrence Murphy said, "Dedicating this section of a state highway will ensure that Marine Corporal Jackowski‘s name will be honored and remembered for all time. This highway will be there a hundred years from now. His name will always be there. It will outlive all of us. Generations to come will remember that he was a soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country."
Assemblyman David Buchwald said, "Corporal James Jackowski's sacrifice to our nation deserves to be remembered forever. He and his fellow Marines have helped to secure the freedoms we all cherish. It is my hope that when New Yorkers pass this stretch of Route 35, they will think of Corporal Jackowski, so that his memory may always be honored."
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