Ashby Announces Designation of the “Roger J. Mazal Memorial Bridge”

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) announced that the bridge crossing over Kline Kill spanning between the Towns of Kinderhook and Chatham in Columbia County will now be designated the “Roger J. Mazal Memorial Bridge.” The governor signed Ashby’s bill into law on September 26, 2018.

“SP4 Roger J Mazal made the ultimate sacrifice for our great country and the dedication of this bridge in his hometown will forever memorialize his heroism,” said Ashby.

Mazal, a native of Valatie, was killed in action March 7, 1969 in the Pleiku province in Vietnam while serving as a member of Company D, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. Mazal is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Niverville, just miles from the bridge now named in his honor.

 Sen. Kathy Marchione (R,C,I,Ref-Halfmoon), who sponsored the legislation in the Senate, said “The profound debt of gratitude we owe to America’s heroes is deep and everlasting. I sponsored this legislation in the Senate and partnered with Assemblyman Jake Ashby to make sure New York recognized a true hero of the Vietnam War, Roger J. Mazal, a patriotic, proud native of Columbia County. The renamed ‘Roger J. Mazal Memorial Bridge’ will stand as an enduring testament to one of our best and brightest heroes who courageously and selflessly answered his nation’s call to serve.”

Signage bearing the new name will be erected on both the Kinderhook and Chatham sides of the bridge, and a formal unveiling ceremony will be held commemorating the occasion.

“The memorial bridge symbolizes the valor of Roger J Mazal and the devotion of Columbia County veterans, who sacrifice so much in service to our country,” concluded Ashby.