Eric Garner among 20+ Staten Islanders to be honored with his name on a street
STATEN ISLAND NY – Just before the end of 2021, New York City Council approved two dozen street name changes in honor of Staten Island residents, including change-making community leaders, well educators loved ones, 9/11 military heroes and social activists.
In addition to the people who will have a street named after them, “Little Liberia” will come to the Clifton neighborhood in recognition of the significant impacts of Staten Islanders of Liberian descent.
And, at the southwest corner of Bay Street and Victory Boulevard, the street will become Eric Garner Way.
Garner’s 2014 death on this site was one of the catalysts for a national confrontation over issues of institutional racism and criminal justice.
Across the city, a list of 199 street names was approved by New York City Council and sent to the mayor’s office for signature on Wednesday, December 15.
A request to rename an island must go through many processes to be approved. First, if the street is to be renamed in honor of a person, that person must be deceased.
According to Gothamist: Petitions must be signed by the people who live on each block, and they must be signed by at least 50% of the people who live there. The location must also have some historical significance for the new name and will then be sent to the local community council.
The change will be sent to a member of the local city council, and from there it will go through the parks and recreation committee, go through a vote of the city council and finally, it will have to be signed by the mayor.
Here is a list of approved street names for Staten Island:
Educator Lawrence E. Ambrosino Way: Northwest corner of De Ruyter Place and Maple Parkway
Ambrosino was a lineman for the New Dorp High School Centrals, and later a trainer and referee, sports writer, and even a fitness equipment salesman. Above all, he was a passionate educator who touched the lives of thousands of children in at-risk Staten Island communities and mentored many of them into adulthood.
Detective Rodney J. Andrews Way: Southeast corner of St. Paul Avenue and Hannah Street
Andrews, an NYPD detective, was killed in the line of duty while working undercover in 2003.
Jennifer Diane Caputo Way: At the intersection of avenue Delmar and place Sperry
Although doctors believed she would survive no more than six months after birth, Huguenot resident Jennifer Diane Caputo lived 28 years, a life that inspired others. Caputo had a rare cognitive defect, agenesis of the corpus callosum, which left her blind and unable to hear.
Chemin Sergent Leif E. Eikeseth: At the intersection of Avenue Deserre and Chemin Woodrow
Eikeseth had a 36-year career with the Transit Authority and was a former chairman of maintenance for TA Surface. He was an Army veteran who worked at Ground Zero and died of a 9/11-related illness.
Vincent Gattullo Way: At the northwest corner of Clove Road and Martling Place
Gattullo was a dedicated educator and community leader with a broad influence on the Goodhue Center, the Zoological Society, and other local and national institutions.
Eric Garner Way: At the southwest corner of Bay Street and Victory Boulevard
Garner was the father of six children. His death had a nationwide impact, including police reforms in New York City.
Bartolomeo Giove Way: at the northeast corner of Port Richmond Avenue and Willowbrook Road
Giove emigrated to Brooklyn in the early 1970s. He and his brothers operated Gino’s on 13th Avenue in Borough Park, then the famous Brother’s Pizza on Staten Island.
Dr. Louis A. Grecco Way: Corner of Bedford Avenue and Richmond Road
Grecco was a highly revered obstetrician and gynecologist, who also distinguished himself as an accomplished artist.
Social activist Joseph N. Gumbs Way: Northwest corner of Tompkins Street and Brownell Street
The life of Gumbs is a life of service. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Project Hospitality, served in the US Air Force, the Staten Island branch of the NAACP and the Reformed Church in Brighton Heights.
Rev. Maggie Howard Way: At the southeast corner of Tompkins Avenue and Tompkins Street
Howard was a force to those in need, a community leader and an advanced successful woman. She holds a BA in Theology from Boulden Seminary and Biblical Institute in Wilmington, Delaware, and graduated from New York Theological Seminary.
Ira D. Hudson Way USN Pearl Harbor KIA: At the intersection of Bloomingdale Road and Woodrow Road
Hudson served in World War II and died at the age of 20 in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Pearl Harbor Corporal Vincent Kechner Way: Southeast corner of Port Richmond Avenue and Rainbow Avenue
Kechner died at age 24 in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Fireman Sean D. Kenny Way: At the southeast corner of Clinton Avenue and Fillmore Street
Kenny was an avid gardener and a good snow shoveller and shared these talents with many neighbors and friends. He was an assistant and problem solver, skills he brought to his 22-year career as a firefighter with the FDNY. He died at the age of 67 from cancer linked to September 11.
Melissa Kruppa Way: Corner of Cleveland Avenue and Durant Avenue
Kruppa was an accomplished teacher, having obtained her Masters in Special Education, and continued her career as an educator for over 20 years. She died in June 2020 at the age of 50 after an 80-day battle with COVID-19.
Little Liberia Way: Northwest corner of Sobel Court and Park Hill Avenue
Honor the importance of the Liberian community on Staten Island.
Firefighter James J. Marshall Jr. Lane: Corner of Strawberry Lane at Mayberry Promenade
Marshall had a 23-year career as an FDNY firefighter. He was posted first to Engine Co. 253 in Brooklyn, then to Engine Co. 166 in Graniteville. He served in the US Navy, stationed aboard the USS Enterprise in Newport News, Virginia.
FDNY FF Jimmy Martinez Way: northeast corner of Beach Road and Hillcrest Street
Martinez was a World Trade Center and Hurricane Sandy first responder. He died at the age of 58 from cancer linked to September 11. FDNY officials called him the “role model” of the department.
Marie A. Munoz Main Road: at the northeast corner of Park Avenue and New Street
Munoz culminated her 32-year long career with the DOE as director of PS 20 on Staten Island, having served there as a chef since 2005.
Sharon Nearby Way: Northwest corner of Cleveland Avenue and Durant Avenue
Nearby was a beloved teacher at Barnes Intermediate School (IS 24), Great Kills, for over 25 years. She taught English in eighth and sixth grades and in many cases taught the children of previous students. She died at age 52 from COVID-19 in April 2020.
Detective James V. Nemorin Road: Southeast corner of St. Paul Avenue and Hannah Street
Nemorin, an NYPD detective, was killed in the line of duty while working undercover in 2003.
James “Jim” Smith Way: at the northeast corner of Lawrence Avenue and Morrison Avenue
Smith began his more than 30 years in the communications industry as a technician for the former MCI Communications Corp. He was a pioneer in the fight for the rights of LGBTQ + people on Staten Island.
SGT Donald W. Tinney Jr. Street: At the intersection of Main Street and Utah Street
Tinney served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was killed in action at the age of 20 in Tay Ninh province. He received the Silver Star Medal for his bravery and fearlessness in combat.
Chemin Joseph Triffoglio: At the intersection of Boulevard Victory and Avenue Monroe
Chemin Nick Troianiello: At the intersection of Forest Avenue and Lilac Court
Troianiello was a veteran who served in the 3rd Marine Division in World War II at the Battle of Iwo Jima. He also retired as a lieutenant in the FDNY after 40 years of service. He died in March 2021 at the age of 94.
Anton Updale Way: At the intersection of Darlington Avenue and Foster Road
Updale, a longtime physical education teacher at Totten IS 34, played on the grid and track at Tottenville High School in the early 1990s, and was also an IS 34 alumnus.