Assembly Passes Legislation Honoring State Troopers T. Michael Kelley and Kenneth A. Poormon

April 30, 2004

Assemblymember Kevin Cahill (D-Ulster, Dutchess) announced Assembly passage of legislation to rename a portion of New York State Highway Route 28 between State Route 375 and Maverick Road in the Town of Hurley in honor of New York State Troopers T. Michael Kelly and Kenneth A. Poormon. Both officers were killed in the line of duty on May 31, 2000 when their vehicle was broadsided by another vehicle while making a u-turn in response to a call.

"With the help and support of family members, friends and local public officials, this legislation will honor the lives and memories of these dedicated public servants," said Assemblymember Kevin Cahill. "Accordingly, if signed into law, this measure will enable the State to officially rename Route 28 as the "New York State Troopers T. Michael Kelly and Kenneth A. Poormon Memorial Highway."

Both officers were dedicated professionals of the State Police force as well as active members of the community. Trooper Kelly, 49, was a 22-year veteran police officer, an enthusiastic runner and bicyclist. Trooper Poormon, 23, had just begun his law enforcement career but was extremely eager to begin serving the people of the Hudson Valley. "This is a great tribute to two extraordinary individuals who have exemplified not only the traditions and values of law enforcement officers but were genuinely kind and humble human beings – we miss them more today than yesterday," said fellow State Trooper, Lieutenant Michael Quigley.

The Assembly legislation will authorize the Department of Transportation to provide for the installation of a sign acknowledging the State’s designation of this portion of the highway. This measure, which passed the Assembly on Monday, April 19, 2004 is being carried by Senator Bonacic (R- Delaware, Orange, Sullivan Ulster), in that house for its consideration. "Tributes of this nature are reserved for individuals who demonstrate unparalleled devotion to their profession and community and in this instance it is most fitting. The names of these fallen heroes will always be remembered," concluded Assemblymember Cahill.