Trooper David J. Lane Memorial Highway Bill Is Signed Into Law

Part of State Route 32 in Greene County Will Now Be Renamed
August 3, 2010
State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R/C/I-Schoharie) proudly shared the news with the family and loved ones of state Trooper David J. Lane that their joint legislation to rename a portion of State Route 32 in Greene County in his honor has been signed into law by the governor.

Trooper Lane’s fiancée, Kelly Miller, stated, “This is a wonderful tribute to Dave, who loved his job and was a great man. It also serves as a reminder to the public to appreciate the men and women who protect and serve our community. Our families are honored to have his name on this highway for all to see and to keep his memory alive.”

“Trooper Lane devoted his life to serve and protect and was tragically killed carrying out his duties,” said Senator Seward. “Certainly, those whose lives he has touched will never forget his contributions, and now all who travel along this stretch of road in Greene County will be reminded of his honor, bravery, and sense of duty.”

“Yesterday, I called Trooper Lane’s father to inform him of the bill’s enactment and to reinforce our shared sense of loss and collective support for the family,” said Assemblyman Lopez. “Passage of this legislation and dedication of the roadway in no way compensates for the sacrifice of Trooper Lane and his loved ones. As a community, we do this as a matter of profound respect and gratitude.”

On Friday, July 30, 2010, Governor Paterson signed into law the legislation sponsored by Senator Seward and Assemblyman Lopez to honor 30-year-old state Trooper David J. Lane, who was traveling north on State Route 32 when he tragically lost his life in a car accident last November. Senate Bill 7947-A/Assembly Bill 11124-A were both passed by each house on June 24, 2010 and stated that State Route 32 between Cairo Junction Road and Hearts Content Road in Greene County would be designated as the “Trooper David J. Lane Memorial Highway.”

Trooper Lane, who was stationed at the State Police Catskill barracks and on patrol in the town at the time of his death, had been serving with the State Police for four years. A native of Jefferson County, New York, Trooper Lane previously served our nation in Iraq and Afghanistan with the United States Army.

Captain Patrick Regan, Zone Commander of Troop F, Zone 3 (Ulster and Greene counties), said, “Trooper Lane not only served the people of Greene County but he also served the people of New York state, and, as a member of the Armed Forces, he also served the people of our nation. His sudden loss is a difficult thing to contend with. Remembering him in this way is a wonderful tribute and we greatly appreciate the efforts of Senator Seward and Assemblyman Lopez in making the idea of the tribute come to fruition.”