senate Bill S6582

Signed by Governor Amended

Designates a portion of the state highway system as the Sgt. Michael J. Esposito Jr. Memorial Bridge

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 10 / Feb / 2014
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 06 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.514
  • 07 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 12 / May / 2014
    • AMENDED 6582A
  • 12 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO WAYS AND MEANS
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A8765A
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING RULES CAL.78
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 02 / Jul / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 03 / Jul / 2014
    • SIGNED CHAP.87

Summary

Designates a portion of the state highway system as the Sgt. Michael J. Esposito Jr. Memorial Bridge.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S6582
S6582A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Highway Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง343-cc, Hway L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6582 REVISED MEMO 02/18/14

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the highway law, in relation to the
Sgt. Michael J. Esposito Jr. Memorial Bridge

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

The purpose of this bill is to memorialize the bridge on Washington
Avenue, which crosses over the Long Island Expressway, as the "Sgt.
Michael J. Esposito Jr. Memorial Bridge".

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section one of the bill adds a new section 343-cc to the Highway Law,
which provides that a portion of the state highway system will be
designated as the "Sgt. Michael J. Esposito Jr. Memorial Bridge".

Section two provides that the commissioner of the Department of
Transportation shall provide further installation and maintenance of
adequate signage of the state highway system as designated by section
one of this act.

Section three sets an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

The purpose of this bill is to designate the Washington Avenue bridge
overpass, crossing over the Long Island Expressway, in the hamlet. of
Brentwood, town of Islip, County of Suffolk, as the "Michael J.
Esposito Jr. Memorial Bridge". Sgt. Esposito grew up in Brentwood and
resided on Walton Street, off of Washington Avenue. He attended
Brentwood High School and participated in the Air Force ROTC program.
He was also a junior police cadet with the Suffolk County Police
Department. Michael enlisted in the Armed Forces immediately following
High School. He was deployed with the U.S. Army 2nd and 5th Cavalry
for Operation Desert. Spring, Kuwait in 2000. After completing his
term with the U.S. Army in 2001, Michael reenlisted as a result of the
terrorist attacks and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry
Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division. Michael was promoted to
Sergeant after only 11 months, and was then assigned to Alpha Company
Squadron where he was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan for Operation
Enduring Freedom. Michael was a well respected and very well liked
soldier and leader in his company. In September 2003, he fought in
Seyro Ghar valley where he volunteered to take the lead in the battle.
Michael often reflected on that day and was extremely proud of his
efforts and actions. He always asked to be on the front line, and put
his men's welfare above his own.

On March 18, 2004, Sgt. Michael J. Esposito Jr., distinguished himself
in combat again, against anti-coalition militants. Michael led from
the front, as his company searched a suspected anti-coalition compound
in the village of Miam Do. After clearing the first three rooms,
Michael noticed a door to an adjoining room, that the company had not
seen upon entering. Disregarding his own safety, again in the front
of his team, he moved towards the door in order to breach it. When he
moved in front of the door, anti-coalition militants engaged him with
rifle fire and he was mortally wounded. After Sgt. Esposito was


mortally wounded, his men kept fighting, and the compound was secured.
His heroism and bravery, while leading his team under direct fire,
served as an inspiration to his peers and subordinates. Sgt.
Esposito's actions contributed significantly to the success of his
unit in the War on Terror. Michael's courage, heroism, leadership and
selfless dedication to duty, at the cost of his life, represent the
finest traditions of the American soldier

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6582

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 10, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ZELDIN -- 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  the  Sgt.  Michael  J.
  Esposito Jr. 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-cc
to read as follows:
  S  343-CC. PORTION OF THE STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM TO BE DESIGNATED AS THE
"SGT. MICHAEL J. ESPOSITO JR. MEMORIAL BRIDGE". THE BRIDGE ON WASHINGTON
AVENUE WHICH CROSSES OVER INTERSTATE FOUR  HUNDRED  NINETY-FIVE  IN  THE
HAMLET  OF  BRENTWOOD, IN THE TOWN OF ISLIP, COUNTY OF SUFFOLK, SHALL BE
DESIGNATED AS THE "SGT. MICHAEL J. ESPOSITO JR. MEMORIAL BRIDGE".
  S 2. The commissioner of transportation shall provide for the  instal-
lation  and  maintenance of adequate signage of the state highway system
as designated pursuant to section one of this  act;  provided  that,  to
avoid  any  confusion  and to limit any possible disruption of commerce,
the designations called for pursuant to section one of this act shall be
of ceremonial nature and the official name of such  highway  and  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.
                                                           LBD13808-03-4

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