Assemblywoman Jodi Giglio and Senator Anthony Palumbo Pass Legislation to Rename Halsey Manor Road Overpass to Honor Fallen NYPD Detective Brian P. Simonsen

Assemblywoman Jodi Giglio and Sen. Anthony Palumbo are proud to announce the passage of legislation to rename the Halsey Manor Road overpass at the Long Island Expressway as the “NYPD Detective Brian P. Simonsen Memorial Bridge.” This dedication honors the life and service of Detective Brian P. Simonsen, a 19-year NYPD veteran and Riverhead native who tragically lost his life apprehending a perpetrator involved in an armed robbery in February of 2019, despite being off duty. 

Assemblywoman Giglio, recognizing the profound impact Detective Simonsen had on the community, introduced the bill to rename the overpass as a tribute to his sacrifice and service. After due deliberations in Albany, the proposal passed unanimously today, June 7, 2024. The passage of Assembly Bill A.7123-A, and the corresponding Senate Bill S.7588-A, aims to commemorate Detective Simonsen’s dedication and sacrifice, ensuring his legacy continues to inspire and remind the community of his bravery and commitment to public safety.

“Detective Simonsen exemplified true courage and dedication in his time working with the NYPD. It was only fitting we honor his memory in a way that will be a lasting testament to his contributions to our community,” said Giglio. “This memorial will not only honor Detective Simonsen’s lasting legacy but also inspire future generations to appreciate the dedication and sacrifices of all law enforcement officials. I would like to thank my colleagues, including Senator Palumbo, for their support in this endeavor, and I am beyond ecstatic this legislation was passed.”

“Detective Brian P. Simonsen exemplified the highest standards of bravery and selflessness. His tragic death was a stark reminder of the dangers faced by our law enforcement officers every day. By renaming this bridge in his honor, we not only commemorate his heroic actions but also ensure his legacy lives on. The ‘NYPD Detective Brian P. Simonsen Memorial Bridge’ will stand as a permanent reminder of his dedication and sacrifice,” said Sen. Anthony Palumbo.