Assemblymembers Schimel and McDonough Sponsor Legislation to Honor Fallen Police Officer

June 24, 2011
Albany – Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel’s legislation honoring fallen veteran Police Officer Michael J. Califano was recently passed by the New York State Legislature and is currently awaiting approval by the Governor. The legislation (A.7751/S.5234) designates the Glen Cove Road overpass of Interstate 495 the "Police Officer Michael J. Califano Memorial Bridge.”

Speaking from the floor of the Assembly Chamber, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel said, “This legislation honors Michael Califano, a twelve year veteran of the Nassau County Police Department who served his community with distinction and valor. This is just one way we in the Assembly can properly honor his memory and give thanks to his family as well.”

During a routine traffic stop on February 4, 2011, Officer Michael Califano was killed when his cruiser was struck from behind by another motorist. Califano left behind a wife and three children.

Assemblyman David McDonough echoed Assemblywoman Schimel’s sentiments saying, “Michael Califano was a police officer who made a difference. He was a caring and loving family man who also dedicated himself to protecting our citizens.”

Police Officer Califano was especially revered by both his peers and his supervisors. Peter Paterson, Vice President of the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association, said “The members of the Nassau County PBA vowed never to forget the ultimate sacrifice our brother Police Officer Michael made that tragic night, and to never forget his dedicated service to our department. Renaming this bridge would further honor this commitment. On behalf of all
the members of the Nassau County Police Department, we would like to thank Assemblywoman Schimel for sponsoring this legislation.”