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    Albany, N.Y. – 04/30/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation that will designate a bridge in the Hudson Valley to honor local disabled veterans.

    The legislation (S5974) will designate the bridge span on Bryant Pond road, crossing the Taconic state parkway, in Putnam County as the “Disabled American Veterans Bridge.”

    “The men and women returning home from service to our country with injuries incurred in the line of duty are so worthy of this dedication,” said Senator Ball, “The Taconic State Parkway bridge at Bryant Pond Road will serve as a constant reminder that freedom is not free, it is paid for by the blood, sweat and tears of our service men and women.”

    The Disabled American Veterans of Northern Westchester/Putnam Chapter Number 137 sent a letter to Senator Ball requesting New York State recognize the sacrifices the military has made in the course of their service for our nation. The letter noted statewide there are over 10,500 disabled veterans.

    “As a disabled veteran myself, I fully understand the impact that the naming of this bridge would have. It is with great appreciation of the Senate and in particular Senator Greg Ball, that I laud this project,” said Eugene Parotta, Chairman of Senator Ball’s Veterans Advisory Council. “A constant reminder of our disabled veterans is always a good thing. Thanks to the determination of the Disabled American Veterans, we are hopeful this will come to fruition.”

    The legislation has been sent to the Assembly, where Assemblywoman Sandy Galef is the sponsor.

    Senator Greg Ball has also proposed a piece of legislation that will name the new Tappan Zee Bridge the ‘Purple Heart Memorial Bridge’.

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