Ashby Sponsors Bill to Rename Highway for Deceased Police Chief

A legislative statement from Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref.-Castleton)

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Reform-Castleton) sponsored a bill that was passed on Wednesday to honor George Bell, the late police chief in Cambridge-Greenwich. Bell, 64, had worked in local law enforcement for nearly 40 years, the last 20 of which he spent overseeing the police department in the village of Cambridge and then adding oversight of the village of Greenwich’s department as well. The legislation passed by Ashby (A.11001) declared that a portion of Highway 22 will be renamed in honor of the late police chief.

“Chief Bell was a great man and a local hero. The profound impact he made on the community will continue to be felt for generations to come,” said Ashby.

The legislation was sponsored in the Senate by New York State Senator Kathy Marchione (R,C,I,Reform-Halfmoon), who also commented on Bell’s lasting impact.

“The Chief George Bell Memorial Highway on State Route 22 in Washington County will recognize and honor Chief George Bell’s nearly 40 years of dedicated, principled service in local law enforcement, including 20 years as the Chief of the Cambridge Police Department and later the Cambridge-Greenwich Police Department. Chief Bell was a beloved public servant and it is great partnering with Assemblyman Ashby to honor Chief Bell’s faithful service to the community,” Marchione said.

The entirety of State Route 22 in the Village of Cambridge will be officially renamed ‘Chief George Bell Memorial Highway.’ Additionally, new signage will be erected bearing his name and the public will be invite to a formal ceremony unveiling the signage later this summer.

“Chief George Bell Memorial Highway will not only honor and memorialize Chief Bell’s impact on the community, but will serve to inspire countless others as George did on a daily basis,” concluded Ashby.