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.
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:
This act shall take effect immediately