Hochul Signs Legislation to Name State Route 283 The ‘Colonel Michael Plummer Memorial Highway’

Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation (S.8726A/A10024-A) that will rename State Route 283 in Jefferson County after Col. (Ret.) Michael Plummer. The legislation was sponsored by state Sen. Patty Ritchie and Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush. Before his passing last January, Plummer served in the United States Army in various roles for over 31 years. He served as the first Chief of Staff to the new 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum.

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush said: “Since the day I met Col. Mike Plummer at Rotary back in the 1980s, he and his family have been steadfast advocates for the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum. It is an honor to have carried this legislation in the Assembly to rename this portion of Route 283 as a lasting legacy to his dedication toward our country.”

State Sen. Patty Ritchie said: “Colonel Plummer dedicated his life to bettering his country and his community. One of his biggest priorities was strengthening the connection between Fort Drum and the Watertown community. Naming the roadway connecting these two points in his honor is a fitting tribute and will ensure that the many contributions he made are never forgotten.”