Schimel’s Bill to Rename Roslyn Viaduct Passes the Assembly

June 12, 2012
Albany, New York – The New York State Assembly recently passed legislation (A.5333a/S.6240), sponsored by Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, designating the newly reconstructed Roslyn Viaduct in honor of William Cullen Bryant, an American literary figure and one of Roslyn’s most famous residents. The measure, which is sponsored in the State Senate by Senator Jack Martins, has been passed by both houses of the State Legislature and now awaits approval by the Governor.

When the Friends of Cedarmere asked Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel to consider introducing legislation renaming the major overpass as the “William Cullen Bryant Viaduct,” the Assemblywoman immediately heeded their request. As the former North Hempstead Town Clerk, Assemblywoman Schimel was well aware of Bryant’s historic contributions and how important preserving his legacy is to the Roslyn community.

“As a community we must never forget our historical roots and those who came before us.
Bryant’s tie to Roslyn, a community that prides itself on preserving its history and heritage, makes it very fitting to rename the area’s major roadway after one of its most celebrated residents,” said Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel.

A prominent nineteenth century poet, newspaper editor, and civic leader, William Cullen Bryant purchased Cedarmere in 1843 and he resided at the Roslyn Harbor estate until his death in 1878. Bryant’s relatives left his estate to Nassau County for the purpose of preserving it as a memorial to Bryant.

“The Friends of Cedarmere are delighted that Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel’s bill has been passed by the Assembly. Needless to say, with thousands of automobiles transiting the viaduct every day, people will constantly be reminded of William Cullen Bryant. The Friends of Cedarmere are most grateful to Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and Senator Jack Martins for their recognition of the importance of William Cullen Bryant and their efforts to accomplish this result, and bring further attention to this great American,” said John Dawson, the President of the Friends of Cedarmere.