2017-11-08 / Front Page

Street Co-Namings Pass City Council

The New York City Council passed on October 31 two street co-naming bills, introduced and sponsored by Council Member Elizabeth Crowley.

Firefighter William Tolley was a 14-year veteran of the FDNY, assigned to Ladder 135, Glendale’s “Myrtle Turtles.” He was tragically killed in the line of duty while helping contain an apartment fire in Ridgewood. His loss was felt from the Glendale community all the way out to Long Island, where he lived with his wife and young daughter. To honor his memory and service to the City of New York, Crowley introduced legislation that will co-name 66th Place between Myrtle and Cooper Avenues “Firefighter William Tolley Way.”

“Firefighter Tolley dedicated his life to public service. No matter the task, he put others before himself, and paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our community,” Crowley said. “We will never forget his sacrifice and his legacy will (live) on through this street co-naming.”

Outside of public service, Tolley was a passionate and influential drummer in the worldwide heavy metal scene. He wrote and released five successful albums with his band that made strong impressions across the world. He completed many U.S. and International tours, including festivals in places such as Indonesia and Russia, Crowley added.

The Council also passed legislation to co-name Bleeker Street between 60th Place and 61st Street as “Deacon Fabio Flaim Way” to honor the late Deacon who did extensive work at St. Aloysius Roman, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, St. Pancras and St. Matthias.

The co-naming ceremonies will be held after Mayor Bill de Blasio signs these bills into law.

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