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Assembly OKs bill to rename part of parkway for Steven McDonald

Patti McDonald, with husband, late police Det. Steven

Patti McDonald, with husband, late police Det. Steven McDonald, in Malverne on Feb. 15, 2007. Photo Credit: George Tsourovakas

ALBANY — The state Assembly gave final passage Wednesday to a bill that would name part of a Long Island parkway after the late police Det. Steven McDonald, whose messages of forgiveness and perseverance became an inspiration to many.

The bill would rename a portion of the Southern State Parkway the “Detective Steven McDonald Memorial Highway,” with the stretch running from the Belt Parkway to the Meadowbrook State Parkway. The bill now goes to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for signature or veto.

McDonald died in January, more than three decades after a line-of-duty shooting in Central Park in 1986 left him a quadriplegic.

Eight months after the shooting, the NYPD officer forgave Shavod Jones, the teenager who shot him. McDonald, a Malverne resident, used that as a turning point to begin talking to community leaders, students and fellow police officers about the power of forgiveness.

Assemb. Brian Curran (R-Lynbrook), who sponsored the measure in the Assembly, said McDonald was not only a “beloved local hero,” but also an “inspiration to all of New York.”

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