After passing a bill to name a bridge overpass in Bellerose after Nassau County Police Officer Arthur Lopez, Senator Jack M. Martins was successful in passing his bill to rename the bridge overpass on New Hyde Park Road, which crosses over the Long Island Expressway, in honor of another brave officer, Joseph P. Olivieri Jr.
A former NYPD officer and a 15-year-veteran of the Nassau County Police Department, Officer Olivieri, as a member of the Nassau County Police Department's Highway Patrol, was investigating a traffic accident near exit 35 on the LIE, involving an intoxicated driver, when he was tragically struck and killed by another motorist.
Officer Olivieri was respected and admired by all his colleagues. He brought a vast amount of experience in dealing with dangerous issues that arise when patrolling highways.
He was survived by his son Daniel and daughter Amanda.
Senator Martins sponsored Senate Bill 4681 to rename thee bridge overpass on New Hyde Park Road in New Hyde Park as the "Police Officer Joseph P. Olivieri Jr. Memorial Bridge" in honor and memory of Officer Olivieri, who lost his life while doing his duty. "Officer Olivieri will forever be remembered as a loving father and dedicated officer who was doing his duty to protect lives. This will serve as a reminder to others of the courage that our men and women in uniform show everyday," Senator Martins said.