Cuomo signs legislation naming part of Route 37 for Chuck Kelly

Cuomo signs legislation naming part of Route 37 for Chuck Kelly
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OGDENSBURG, N.Y. (WWNY) - Part of Route 37 by Ogdensburg will now be known as the “Charles ‘Chuck’ Kelly Memorial Highway.”

Governor Cuomo signed the legislation Friday.

Kelly, a legendary newspaper editor and publisher of the Ogdensburg Journal - and a deeply committed advocate for his home town of Ogdensburg - died in October, 2018.

In a statement, Cuomo said “Chuck Kelly lived an honorable life in service to his community, state and nation."

“By designating a portion of State Route 37 in Kelly’s name, we can ensure his life’s work is remembered for years to come.”

Aside from his decades running the Ogdensburg Journal newspaper, Kelly served as director and past-president of the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club, member of New York State, County and City Democratic Committees and member of the St. Lawrence County Cancer Society Board of Directors.

“As a beloved journalist and a tireless advocate for the North Country, he dedicated his life to making our region a better place,” State Senator Patty Ritchie said in a statement

“Chuck was a great friend and a true champion for the North Country, as well as its people.”

“This law is one small way to say ‘Thank You’ for the impact he had on not only the City of Ogdensburg, but all of St. Lawrence County," Assembly member Mark Walczyk said.

"The region is a better place because of Chuck Kelly.”

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