|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jul 03, 2014||signed chap.84|
|Jul 02, 2014||delivered to governor|
|Jun 10, 2014||returned to assembly|
3rd reading cal.828
substituted for s7223
|Jun 10, 2014||substituted by a9518|
|May 28, 2014||advanced to third reading|
|May 21, 2014||2nd report cal.|
|May 20, 2014||1st report cal.828|
|May 06, 2014||referred to transportation|
senate Bill S7223Signed By Governor
Designates a portion of the state highway system as the "Twin Cities Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway"
Archive: Last Bill Status Via A9518 - Signed by Governor
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed by Governor
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Jun 10, 2014 - floor VoteA9518580floor58Aye0Nay0Absent3Excused0Abstained
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Floor Vote: Jun 10, 2014aye (58)
May 20, 2014 - Transportation committee VoteS7223181committee18Aye1Nay0Aye with Reservations0Absent0Excused0Abstained
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S7223 - Bill Details
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- Law Section:
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- Laws Affected:
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S7223 - Bill Texts
Designates a portion of the state highway system as the "Twin Cities Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway".
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TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the highway law, in relation to
designating a portion of the state highway system as the "Twin Cities
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway"
PURPOSE OF THE BILL: The purpose of this bill is to rename the Twin
Cities Memorial Highway to reflect the original intent of the 1970 law
naming the highway to honor military personnel from the Cities of
Tonawanda and North Tonawanda who died in Vietnam.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: 1- Amends the Highway Law by adding a
new § 344-c to designate a portion of the State highway system as the
"Twin Cities Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway."
§ 2- Requires that the Commissioner of Transportation shall provide
for the installation and maintenance of adequate signing of the State
Highway System and that the designation of this portion of the State
Highway System shall be ceremonial in nature and will not change the
official name of the highway.
§ 3- Effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: The purpose of this bill is to re-designate a portion
of the state highway system consisting of a portion of the arterial
highway in the adjacent Cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda in
Erie and Niagara Counties, respectively, as the "Twin Cities Vietnam
Veterans Memorial Highway."
Following the death of Pvt. Thomas J. Fox, the first North Tonawanda
resident to be killed in action in Vietnam, the late Senator Earl W.
Brydges was approached by a North Tonawanda resident to name the new
Young-Division Arterial after Pvt. Fox. The Tonawanda Common Council
noted that one of its native sons, Pfc. Ronald Sadler, had also paid
the ultimate price in Vietnam and was deserving of a public honor. A
joint Highway Committee was named with each city appointing three
members to review the matter. According to newspaper accounts,
committee members agreed that it would be "more appropriate to
designate the highway in memory of all Twin Cities Vietnamese war dead
instead of an individual." The committee's suggested name for the
arterial was "The Twin Cities Memorial Highway" and it was requested
that the Department of Transportation install plaques with the names
of the fallen on both ends of the highway's bridge spanning the Erie
Canal, which is the boundary between the two cities. Legislation was
enacted with the suggested name, Twin Cities Memorial Highway (Chapter
650 of the Laws of 1970). With the permission of NYSDOT, stone
memorials, paid for by each city, were placed at the Tonawanda and
North Tonawanda entrance/exit ramps for the Twin Cities Memorial
Highway at each end of the Erie Canal bridge.
Over the years, it became obvious that the memorials were isolated and
not the tribute to the fallen that was originally envisioned. North
Tonawanda was the first community to relocate its Vietnam memorial to
Brauer Park near the city's World War I and II memorials. Later, the
City of Tonawanda relocated its memorial to a spot along the Niagara
River near City Hall and close to other veteran memorials.
With the Vietnam memorials relocated, there is no indication that the
Twin Cities Memorial Highway was dedicated to those who served and
died in Vietnam. Historical documents and newspaper accounts of the
time clearly indicate that the expressway and the monuments were
intertwined and "dedicated to the memory of those who made the
greatest sacrifice in Vietnam." While the monuments still honor those
who died in Vietnam, they stand far removed and unrelated to the
expressway that was dedicated to the memory of those honored by the
With the beginning of the national Vietnam War Commemoration now in
progress, it would be appropriate to formally re-designate the highway
to truly honor the men from the Twin Cities who never returned from
Vietnam by renaming the expressway the Twin Cities Vietnam Veterans
Historical Note - The newspaper accounts of the time do not mention
why the words "Vietnam Veteran" were never included in the formal name
of the highway even though the intent to honor the fallen in Vietnam
was clear. We can only surmise that the words were intentionally left
out because of the unpopularity of the war and the effect it would
have on passing the bill (S.9484) that named the highway. We must
remember that in the late sixties and seventies, the nation was
extremely polarized over the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Across the
nation there were anti-draft protests, bombings and peaceful
demonstrations that turned violent on city streets and on university
To put things in perspective, at the time the name of the highway was
being debated by the Tonawanda and North Tonawanda Highway Committee,
news stories of the day reported that the Army charged 14 officers
with suppressing information related to the My Lai massacre and that a
bomb constructed by members of the Weathermen and meant to be planted
at a military dance in New Jersey exploded killing three members of
the organization. When the bill naming the highway passed both houses
of the Legislature and was signed into law as Chapter 650 on May 8,
1970, it was just days after U.S. forces crossed into Cambodia,
threatening to widen the war, and four students at Kent State
University were killed and nine were wounded by Ohio National
Guardsmen at a protest against the incursion into Cambodia. And when
the Tonawanda News ran a story announcing that the Twin Cities
Memorial Highway would be open on Labor Day, 1971, it was placed next
to a United Press International story with the headline "The Death
Toll in Vietnam War is Now 50,000."
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.
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 ________________________________________________________________________ 7223 I N S E N A T E May 6, 2014 ___________ Introduced by Sen. MAZIARZ -- 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 designating a portion of the state highway system as the "Twin Cities Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway" 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 344-c to read as follows: S 344-C. PORTION OF STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM TO BE DESIGNATED AS THE "TWIN CITIES VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL HIGHWAY". THE PORTION OF THE STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM CONSISTING OF A PORTION OF THE ARTERIAL HIGHWAY SYSTEMS IN THE CITIES OF NORTH TONAWANDA AND TONAWANDA IN NIAGARA AND ERIE COUN- TIES, RESPECTIVELY, AND LYING GENERALLY BETWEEN ERIE AVENUE AND WHEAT- FIELD STREET IN THE CITY OF NORTH TONAWANDA AND THE HIGHWAY KNOWN AS YOUNGMANN HIGHWAY IN THE CITY OF TONAWANDA SHALL BE DESIGNATED AND KNOWN AS THE "TWIN CITIES VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL HIGHWAY". S 2. The commissioner of transportation shall provide for the instal- lation and maintenance of adequate signing 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 a ceremonial nature and the official name of such highway 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. LBD13305-04-4
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