Albany, NY—The Pudding Street Overpass will soon be renamed in honor of local first responders thanks to legislation sponsored by Senator Sue Serino and Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, The bill, which would dub the Overpass the “Putnam Valley First Responders Bridge,” passed both houses of the Legislature in the closing days of Session.
“Putnam Valley’s first responders are an integral part of our local community,” said Senator Sue Serino. “They put their lives on the line daily to serve, and it was thanks in large part to their push for change that the long-awaited Pudding Street Overpass ultimately became a reality. To have the opportunity to name this bridge in their honor is a truly meaningful moment not only for me, but for every resident who worked tirelessly to get this project over the finish line. It is one small way we can thank them for their selfless service, and one way we can remind them that they always have a grateful community behind them. I want to thank all of our local partners, and our partners at the State Department of Transportation, for never giving up on this critical project.”
Assemblyman Kevin Byrne said, “Few people in Putnam Valley know better how valuable and needed the Pudding Street Overpass is than its own first responders. It was an honor to work with our partners in Senator Serino and Supervisor Annabi and members of the town board to recognize the men and women of the town who continue to sacrifice so much and whose dedication makes Putnam Valley a safer place to live for all its residents. This capital project never would have been possible if not for the hard work of many current and former officials from the federal, state and local level, as well as many dedicated members of the Putnam Valley community who worked tirelessly for so many years to get this project moving forward. They have my sincere thanks. This accomplishment is theirs to celebrate as well.”
Putnam Valley Town Supervisor Jackie Annabi said, “The Town of Putnam Valley is thrilled to be able to honor our first responders at such a critical roadway in our community and we cannot thank Senator Serino and Assemblyman Byrne enough for their support in this endeavor. What once was a hazardous pass that brought first responders out to accident after accident, will now serve as symbol of safety and appreciation for their service. We thank everyone who joined in our efforts to help make the Pudding Street Overpass a reality.”
The bill will now be sent to the Governor to be signed into law.