State Highway to be Named in Honor of Fallen Otsego County Marine

Seward, Salka legislation to honor Sergeant John Kempe Winslow signed into law

ONEONTA, 08/09/19 – A portion of New York State Route 205 in Otsego County will be named in honor of United States Marine Corps Sergeant John Kempe Winslow under legislation signed into law today.  The bill (S.3658/A.6670) sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I/Ref-Oneonta) and Assemblyman John Salka (R/C/Ref-Brookfield) pays tribute to the decorated patriot who was killed in action during the Vietnam War in 1969.

Senator James L. Seward said, “Every man and woman who dons a United States military uniform sacrifices for our nation and our way of life.  Sergeant Winslow made the ultimate sacrifice and we owe it to him and his family to keep his memory alive.  I am honored to have played a role in establishing this special highway designation that not only recognizes Sergeant Winslow, but reminds us of the valor, courage, and heroism all veterans exhibit in service to our nation.  Thanks to Governor Cuomo for signing this legislation into law.”

Assemblyman John Salka said, “We are humbled and honored along with Senator Seward to dedicate this portion of the highway in Hartwick in memory of Marine Sergeant John Kempe Winslow. Thank you to all of our men and women who serve, as we dedicate this section of highway, we take a moment to pause and thank you for the sacrifices that you have made.”

The legislation sponsored by Senator Seward and Assemblyman Salka designates the portion of New York State Route 205 running through the Hamlet of Hartwick, Sergeant Winslow’s hometown, as the “Sergeant John Kempe Winslow Memorial Highway.”

The special highway designation was requested by the Town of Hartwick, Hartwick American Legion Post 1567, Cooperstown American Legion Post 579, and Cooperstown VFW Post 7128.

A formal sign installation will be scheduled in cooperation with the New York State Department of Transportation at a later date.