Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill on Thursday that designated a portion of Route 119 in White Plains as the Detective Michael Perry Memorial Highway.
The legislation was sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) and Assemblyman Robert Castelli (R, C – Goldens Bridge) to honor fallen , who died in the line of duty.
The law takes effect immediately.
"Each day, brave men and women like Michael Perry go to work not knowing if they’ll return home,” Ball said. "Dedicating this highway to Michael is the least we can do to honor his memory and thank his family for their sacrifice."
Perry, who lived on the Yorktown- Cortlandt border, was a White Plains officer for seven years. Last June, he suffered a fatal heart attack after chasing down a career criminal, who had 300 prior arrests. On June 14, 2010, Perry was posthumously given the rank of Detective. He is survived by his wife, Theresa, and their twin boys, David and John. He also left behind his sister, brother and parents, Patrick and Patricia Perry.
"I am gratified that our Governor has seen fit to honor Detective Michael Perry along with myself and all of those who respect both his service, and sacrifice," Castelli said. "It is a small testament to a brave man’s actions, and is indicative of the kind of courage displayed by police officers every day in our society. Sadly, his courageous efforts on that day had a tragic ending, but do not diminish the legacy he left us, of a lifetime of dedication to public service."
Castelli is a 22-year veteran of the New York State Police and served as one of the first Crime Prevention Specialists in the state.
The route, from the intersection of Route 119 and Route 100 by the Westchester County Center, continuing to the intersection of Route 119 and Main Street, will be dedicated during a ceremony some time later this year.
In June of this year, the City of White Plains also