Tuesday, June 17, 2008

US 20 In New York: Renaming A Section in Buffalo

The Buffalo News reports that a move is underway to rename a section of US Route 20 in Buffalo for Tim Russert. Tim was the NBC Washington Bureau Chief and host of NBC’s Meet the Press. They state:

Buffalo's federal lawmakers said today that they want to rename a portion of U.S. Route 20 in Orchard Park after Russert, who died Friday. And Mayor Byron W. Brown proclaimed this Father's Day "Tim Russert Day" in Buffalo during a community vigil today in Tim Russert Park on the border between the city and West Seneca. Brown cited Russert's love of the city and its football team, but also "his love of family above all else."

Under the federal proposal, the section of the road that runs near Ralph Wilson Stadium -- home to Russert's beloved Buffalo Bills -- would bear the late television newsman's name.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rep. Brian Higgins said they would introduce a resolution regarding the highway's name on Monday.

"Tim Russert was in every way, Mr. Buffalo," said Schumer, D-N.Y. "With his trademark 'Go Bills' sign-off, Tim Russert showed his pride for the city that made him who he was. He always cared about Buffalo, and when I spoke with him just a few weeks ago he said he would do everything he could to keep the Bills in Buffalo."

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