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Bridges renamed to honor fallen police officers

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed a law Thursday to rename a bridge on state Route 109 in West Babylon in honor of fallen New York Police Det. Peter Figoski.

Figoski, a West Babylon resident and a 22-year police veteran, was fatally shot when responding to the botched robbery of a drug dealer in Brooklyn. The bridge, which crosses Sunrise Highway, is renamed the “New York City Police Department Detective Peter Figoski Memorial Bridge.”

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) and Assemb. Joseph Saladino (R-Massapequa), who said the honor will ensure that residents remember the sacrifice of Figoski, who was 47 when he died.

Cuomo signed several similar measures, including one to rename a North Hempstead bridge in honor of Nassau County Police Officer Joseph P. Olivieri Jr.

Olivieri, 43, a 15-year veteran, was fatally struck by an SUV in 2012 while responding to an accident on the Long Island Expressway. The bridge, now called the "Police Officer Joseph P. Olivieri Jr. Memorial Bridge" is on New Hyde Park Road where it crosses Interstate 495.

The Olivieri bill was sponsored by Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) and Assemb. Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck).

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