I-86 bridges renamed in honor of Clark

ALBANY — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.05484-B/A.07577-B) naming a portion of the State Highway System in Steuben County in honor of Trooper Nicholas F. Clark.

The bill specifically designates the bridges on Interstate 86 in front of the NYS Police Barracks in Bath, where Trooper Clark was stationed, as the "Trooper Nicholas F. Clark Memorial Bridge."

An official dedication ceremony unveiling the new signage is being planned.

"Trooper Clark dedicated his life to selflessly serving his community and protecting his neighbors and the family of New York continues to mourn his loss and his sacrifice," Governor Cuomo said. "This recognition will help ensure his service and bravery is never forgotten."

On July 2, 2018, Trooper Nicholas F. Clark tragically lost his life in the of duty during a confrontation in the town of Erwin. He was 29-years-old and had been a New York State Trooper for three years.

Trooper Clark graduated from the New York State Police Academy in 2015 and was stationed in Ithaca, Auburn and Bath.

The legislation was sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning). The O’Mara-Palmesano legislation honors Clark’s memory, and pays tribute to his life and service.

In a joint statement, O’Mara and Palmesano said, "We appreciate Governor Cuomo signing this legislation into law. Trooper Nicholas Clark was a hero who paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe. It is our hope that this action will stand as a lasting tribute and testament to his remarkable life and service. We hope that it will help to express the collective respect of our local community, our entire region, and the State of New York. We envision the ‘Trooper Nicholas F. Clark Memorial Bridge’ as an enduring honor to Trooper Clark, and a reminder to future generations of his meaningful life. The naming of this bridge adjacent to the Trooper Barracks where he was stationed is also an important way for us to say thank you to the Clark family for their sacrifice and to let them know that Nick’s service and sacrifice will always be remembered and never forgotten.”

Clark was born and raised in the Canisteo Valley. He graduated from Canisteo-Greenwood High School in 2006 and from Alfred University in 2011. A stellar athlete, he was a New York State high school wrestling champion, and a four-year starter and All-Conference outside linebacker for the Alfred University Saxons, where he set school records in tackles and earned a tryout with the Buffalo Bills.

He is survived by his mother (Theresa), father (Anthony), and brother (Nathan).