The following is a statement from Assemblyman Frank Skartados:
The late Officer Gary L. Mitchetti, Jr.’s life was tragically cut short after he was struck on his motorcycle crossing the Taconic Parkway on Hosner Mountain Road. His tragic death, along with many other accidents at this intersection, cast light on the need to eliminate this at-grade crossing.
Mr. Mitchetti, Jr. exemplified true courage and dedication, serving our state with distinction as a corrections officer at Greenhaven Correctional. On September 27, 2000 without regards for his own safety, he acted quickly to rescue the life of Deputy Superintendent for Security Services George S. Schneider during an inmate attack, and was seriously injured by a stab wound in the back of the head and skull.
A pillar of his community, Mr. Mitchetti, Jr. had been awarded with the New York State Corrections Services Medal of Merit for Extraordinary Performance, as well as the New York Shields Purple Heart medal. The naming of this memorial bridge will serve as a timeless tribute to celebrate a man who embodied public service.