senate Bill S6582A

Signed by Governor

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

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8765A
Versions:
S6582
S6582A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Highway Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง343-cc, Hway L

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BILL NUMBER:S6582A

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 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 the Alpha
Company Squadron where Michael 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--A
    Cal. No. 514

                            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 -- reported
  favorably from said committee, ordered to  first  and  second  report,
  amended  on  second  report,  ordered  to  a  third reading, and to be
  reprinted as amended, retaining its place in the order of third  read-
  ing

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. 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  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.
                                                           LBD13808-05-4

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