Pictured above are New York State Senator Kathy Marchione (left), James Irwin, Commander, U.S. Submarine Veterans, Inc., (center) and New York State Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (right) at today's press conference designating a portion of Route 9 in Saratoga County as the “United States Submarine Veterans’ Memorial Highway-Saratoga County.”
Senator Marchione & Assemblywoman Woerner Announce Passage of “United States Submarine Veterans’ Memorial Highway-Saratoga County” Legislation
Saratoga Springs, NY — Senator Kathy Marchione (R,C,I,Reform-Halfmoon), Chair of the Senate’s Local Government Committee and Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) announced today that the Governor has signed legislation they sponsored designating a portion of Route 9 in Saratoga County as the “United States Submarine Veterans’ Memorial Highway-Saratoga County” (Ch. 371 of 2016).
Senator Marchione and Assemblywoman Woerner partnered together during the 2016 Legislative Session to enact bi-partisan legislation (Senate Bill S.6497B/Assembly Bill A.8657C) designating Route 9 in Saratoga County (commencing from the Albany County Line to the Warren County Line) as the United States Submarine Veterans’ Memorial Highway-Saratoga County to publicly recognize and honor the service of America’s submarine forces. The bi-partisan legislation was signed into state law by Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday, September 29 and was introduced at the request of the U.S. Submarine Veterans, Inc., and the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors.
“I’m proud to join my colleague, Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, members of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, and veterans of the United States Navy in announcing the designation of a portion of Route 9 right here in Saratoga County as the United States Submarine Veterans’ Memorial Highway-Saratoga County,” said Senator Marchione. “This deserved designation honors the service and sacrifices of America’s submarine forces that defend freedom and protect liberty. It provides visibility and long overdue recognition to the submarine forces, and greater Capital Region, that have contributed so much to America’s national security. Pride, patriotism, and professionalism run deep in the United States submarine service, the United States Navy and throughout all the branches of America’s military. From 1900 to 2016, our nation’s Submarine Force has been a major deterrent to global wars and a force for good. The world’s greatest warriors, preserving and protecting the peace. On behalf of every American, every New Yorker, who values the freedom they have defended, we say thank you to our courageous submarine forces,” Senator Marchione said.
“Saratoga’s strong naval presence makes this portion of Route 9 a fitting and well-deserved memorial to honor those who bravely served aboard submarines and helped preserve and protect our nation’s safety,” said Assemblywoman Woerner. “Many members of the Naval Force were trained here and many veterans live here, and I am proud to help honor their service with this designation.”
Saratoga County’s portion of state Route 9 was chosen as the location for the memorial due to the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit in West Milton, Knolls Atomic Power Labs in Schenectady, the Scotia and Saratoga Naval Support Units and nearby submarine veterans groups. Nearly 60,000 people have completed the Navy’s local nuclear power training program, including former President Jimmy Carter.