Michael Perry Memorial Highway Becomes Law in New York State
Brewster, N.Y. – (08/04/11) – A bill honoring a Hudson Valley hero who died in the line of duty is now on the books in New York State. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed the Ball, Castelli Michael Perry Memorial Highway bill (S1477A/A1427A). The legislation, sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) and Assemblyman Robert Castelli (R, C – Goldens Bridge), designates State Route 119 in Westchester County as the Michael Perry Memorial Highway.
Last year, Perry suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after chasing and arresting a man at a local mall near State Route 119. He had called for assistance and chased the larceny suspect a short distance before placing him into custody. The suspect, who was a career criminal with over 300 arrests, was charged with resisting arrest and larceny.
A resident of Yorktown, Officer Perry had served with the White Plains Police Department for seven years and previously with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Police. He is survived by his wife, twin sons, parents, sister, and brother. On June 14, 2010, Officer Perry was posthumously promoted to the rank of Police Detective.
“Each day, brave men and women like Michael Perry go to work not knowing if they’ll return home,” said Chairman Ball. “Dedicating this highway to Michael is the least we can do to honor his memory and thank his family for their sacrifice,” added Ball.
“I am gratified that our Governor has seen fit to honor Detective Michael Perry along with myself and all of those who respect both his service, and sacrifice,” Castelli said. “It is a small testament to a brave man’s actions, and is indicative of the kind of courage displayed by police officers every day in our society. Sadly, his courageous efforts on that day had a tragic ending, but do not diminish the legacy he left us, of a lifetime of dedication to public service.”
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Ali Skinner: (845) 200-9716.