Valatie bridge to be renamed after village soldier, killed in action

GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LEGISLATION TO DESIGNATE A PORTION OF THE STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM AS THE ROGER J. MAZAL MEMORIAL BRIDGE

Bridge that Crosses Kinderhook Creek in Valatie will be Renamed in Honor of Vietnam Veteran and Valatie-native Roger J. Mazal, Who Was Killed in Action

Cuomo: "Renaming this crossing in Roger Mazal's honor is a fitting way to commemorate his bravery and ensure he is remembered in his community for generations to come."

Governor Cuomo today signed legislation (S.6213A/A.8013A) to designate a portion of the state highway system as the Roger K. Mazal Memorial Bridge. Mazalwas killed in action on March 7, 1969, in the Pleiku province of Vietnam. Last year the bridge crossing Kline Kill in Columbia County was renamed as the Roger J. Mazal Memorial Bridge. This law relocates the designation from the bridge crossing Kline Kill to the bridge in downtown Valatie that crosses Kinderhook Creek. Mazalwas a Valatie native.

"Roger Mazal made the ultimate sacrifice in service to this nation and we owe him the greatest debt of gratitude for it," Governor Cuomosaid. "Renaming this crossing in Roger Mazal's honor is a fitting way to commemorate his bravery and ensure he is remembered in his community for generations to come."

"I was proud to sponsor this new state law designating a portion of our state highway system as the Roger J. Mazal Memorial Bridge to honor the memory and legacy of this American hero and help inspire future generations to heroism. God bless Roger Mazal, all of our nation's active duty military personnel, and veterans who served and defended our great nation. I thank Governor Cuomo for signing this measure that my colleague Assemblyman Jake Ashby and I sponsored and advanced, our bill being signed into law is terrific news," Senator Daphne Jordan said.

Assembly Member Jake Ashby, who sponsored the legislation in the Assembly, said, "SP4 Roger J. Mazal made the ultimate sacrifice for our great country and the dedication of this bridge in his hometown will forever memorialize his heroism and also serve as a constant reminder of the dedication of all our local veterans."

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