The Task Force would establish guidelines for how state troopers who have given their lives in the line of duty should be memorialized. The Commissioner of Transportation would then be responsible for the installation and maintenance of memorial signs. The memorial designation would not alter the official name of the highway.
“The mission of the State Police is ‘to serve, protect and defend the people while preserving the rights and dignity of all’, and a number of members of this elite police force have given their lives honoring that mission”, said Senator Saland. “The State Trooper Highway Memorial Task Force would have the honor of determining how fallen officers should be memorialized on New York’s roads so that as New Yorkers travel the State they will be reminded of the sacrifice these heroes have made.”
Gordon Warnock, Legislative Director for the NYS Troopers Police Benevolent Association (PBA) said, “The Troopers PBA would like to thank Senator Saland for honoring these fallen troopers. Hopefully, memorializing their names along the highways of New York will serve as a reminder to New York citizens of their great sacrifice.”
The bill has been sent to the Assembly for consideration.