The Office of the Governor of the State of New York

07/16/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/16/2019 15:07

Honoring Melvin Harris, Jr.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S5288/A7497) naming a portion of the State Highway System in Nassau County in honor of Melvin Harris, Jr. The bill designates a portion of State Route 102 in the Hamlet of Uniondale as the 'Melvin Harris, Jr. Way.'

'Melvin Harris Jr. spent decades fighting to advance New York's values of diversity, equality and inclusion,' Governor Cuomo said. 'We owe Melvin an enormous debt of gratitude, and this portion of State Route 102 will honor his memory and recognize his extraordinary work on behalf of the people of Uniondale and the entire Empire State.'

As a Commissioner for the Nassau County Commission on Human Rights and President of the Hempstead Chapter of the NAACP, Melvin Harris, Jr. advocated passionately for positive change and fought for inclusion, opportunity and upward mobility for the underserved and the disenfranchised. This designation recognizes and honors Melvin Harris, Jr.'s strong advocacy in support of the Uniondale community.

Senator Kevin Thomas said, 'The designation of 'Melvin Harris, Jr. Way' honors the life of a man who devoted himself to serving others. In addition to being a loving husband and father, Melvin was a public servant, an outstanding community leader, and a mentor who worked tirelessly to lift others up. His legacy of passionate advocacy and public service will forever endure in Uniondale and Nassau County. I was honored to introduce this legislation alongside Assemblywoman Taylor Darling on behalf of Mrs. Patty Harris, the Nostrand Gardens Civic Association, and the residents of Uniondale, to justly commemorate the life and achievements of Melvin Harris, Jr.'

Assembly Member Taylor Darling said, 'Our community is elated to recognize the phenomenal leadership of Melvin Harris Junior. His great sacrifice, commitment and passion to the Uniondale Community has inspired many. I am thankful to the Assembly, the Senate and our Governor for ensuring his legacy will live on forever in Uniondale. I could not be more honored that this is my very first bill.'