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ALBANY - The state Legislature is poised to name part of an Oyster Bay highway for big shot philanthropist Billy Joel, an honor that hasn't happened for the longest time.
The renaming of a stretch of Route 107 is in the Assembly Transportation Committee with 10 days left in the legislative session. The bill passed the Senate last week and would be one of the first times Joel received such a public honor despite years of talk of proposals in Albany.
The Billy Joel Boulevard bill was introduced by state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) and Assemb. Michael Montesano (R-Glen Head) in the Legislature more than a year ago. The bill, however, wasn't sent to the Assembly until Thursday, despite Joel's long record of philanthropy, support of New York City after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and his friendship and political support of Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, with whom he has cruised on their motorcycles together at public events.
If approved in the Assembly and, as expected, signed by Cuomo, Billy Joel Boulevard would be the part of Route 107 also known as North Broadway from the intersection of the Northern State Park way in Oyster Bay south to the Lenox Avenue intersection.