Part of highway named for Ogdensburg journalist & advocate Chuck Kelly

Chuck Kelly highway

OGDENSBURG, N.Y. (WWNY) - When you pass through Ogdensburg on Route 37, you may notice something new.

Tuesday there was a ceremony saluting Chuck Kelly, a lifelong advocate of the Maple City.

Part of an Ogdensburg highway was named for longtime journalist and community advocate Charles "Chuck" Kelly.
Part of an Ogdensburg highway was named for longtime journalist and community advocate Charles "Chuck" Kelly. (Source: WWNY)

“If you asked anyone in Ogdensburg, they would say Chuck Kelly was Ogdensburg’s number-one supporter,” state Sen. Patty Ritchie said, “and he loved the city and the city loved him.”

Charles "Chuck" Kelly, an award-winning journalist and strong advocate for the north country, passed away last year.

Ritchie and Assemblyman Mark Walczyk introduced legislation to rename part of Route 37 to honor him. On Tuesday, surrounded by Kelly's friends and family, a sign was unveiled for the Charles "Chuck" Kelly Memorial Highway.

“His name will now stand on this highway as a shining example for what’s right with Ogdensburg, N.Y. and what’s right with St. Lawrence County,” Walczyk said.

When the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility and Psychiatric Center were slated to close, folks say Kelly did all he could to protect them. Community members say the buildings are open today because of his efforts.

“Considering Chuck was a champion of both facilities, to make sure that this was part of the highway that was named after him,” Ritchie said.

He is missed by many, but "now when we drive by the signs, we'll remember Chuck and remember how important he was to the area," Ritchie said.

A piece of Ogdensburg, the place he loved and worked so hard for, now stands for Chuck Kelly.

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