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Legislation signed, honoring law enforcement officers who gave their lives in service

ALBANY - Governor Andrew Cuomo signed four bills that will honor four law enforcement officers who gave their lives in service by renaming certain bridges and portions of the state highway system in their memory.

“These bills honor the memory of the four law enforcement officers, all of whom put their lives on the line to protect their communities and their neighbors,” Governor Cuomo said. “All who cross these bridges and travel these highways will be reminded of the service these officers provided to all New Yorkers. I commend the bill sponsors for their work and express my deepest sympathies to the families of these officers for their loss.”

“New York City Police Department Detective Peter Figoski Memorial Bridge” State Route 109 which crosses the Sunrise Highway (Hamlet of West Babylon) - Figoski was a 22-year veteran of the NYPD and a resident of West Babylon, Suffolk County. On December 12, 2011, Officer Figoski and his partner answered a call for assistance at a robbery. He was fatally shot as he blocked the suspects’ only exit. Officer Figoski was posthumously promoted to Detective by the New York City Police Department and was awarded the department’s Medal of Honor.

“Officer Thomas M. Lindsey Memorial Highway” portion of State Route 5a and State Route 5s (City of Utica) - On April 12, 2007 he was shot and killed during a traffic stop.

“Police Officer Joseph P. Olivieri, Jr. Memorial Bridge” New Hyde Park Road, which crosses I-495 (Town of North Hempstead) - Olivieri was tragically struck and killed by another motorist while investigating a traffic accident involving an intoxicated driver on October 18, 2012.

“Correction Officer Gary L. Mitchetti, Jr. Memorial Bridge” (Town of East Fishkill) across the Taconic State Parkway on Hosner Mountain Road - Mitchetti, Jr. died on August 20, 2005 when his motorcycle collided with a car crossing the Taconic State Parkway from Hosner Mountain Road.