NYC Honorary Street Names
"T" Honorary Streets: Staten Island
Taurean E. Williams-Wells Way (Staten Island )
Location:At the northeast corner of Broad Street and Tompkins Avenue
Honoree: Taurean E. Williams-Wells (1985-2012) joined the Auxiliary Police at the North Shore’s 120th Precinct and was also a member of Youth In F.O.C.U.S., a Park Hill-based group committed to helping at-risk youth. He participated in the rescue efforts at Ground Zero and later died as a result of 9/11 related illness. He received two awards from former Senator Gentile and from the New York City Police Department for his bravery during the recovery effort. (Rose)
The Honorable Frank V. Fossella Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the intersection of Father Capodanno Boulevard and Ocean Avenue
Honoree: Frank V. Fossella (1925-2014) was a former City Councilman, a teacher, and first vice-chairman of the Democratic Party on Staten Island. He taught mechanical engineering at Brooklyn Technical High School and later was the assistant principal at Brooklyn Tech. Described as a political mentor, he was held in very high regard by former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. (Matteo)
The Honorable Jerome X. “Jay” O’Donovan Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the intersection of Rochelle Street and Dalemere Road
Honoree: Jerome X. O’Donovan (1944-2014) was a war hero and a former City Councilman. As a member of the United States Marine Corps, he earned two Bronze Stars and a field promotion to the rank of Captain during the Vietnam War. As a City Councilman, he was chairman of the Economic Development Committee and was behind legislation to provide free fare on the Staten Island Ferry. He also worked to cut express bus fares, close the Fresh Kills landfill, and bring millions in funding for arts, reading projects, new classrooms and school computers. In the 1980’s, he traveled to Vietnam on the POW/MIA issue and to the Soviet Union to help free Refuseniks. (Matteo)
The Honorable Louis Sangiorgio Plaza (Staten Island)
Present name:Stuyvesant Place
Location:Between Schuyler Street and Hyatt Street
Honoree: Louis Sangiorgio (1929-2002) served on the Supreme Court of the State of New York from 1982 until his death. Previously, he had been a Judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York from 1979 to 1981. He was President of the Board of Justices, Supreme Court, Richmond County from 1984 to 1987.
Theresa Puma Way (Staten Island)
Location:Northwest corner of McClean Avenue and Sand Lane
Honoree: Theresa Puma (d. 2003) was a School Crossing Guard. She was posted on Sand Lane and McLean Avenue, where she worked for 13 years, every school day, in all kinds of weather to watch over her children and cross them safely.
Thomas Coppola II Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the intersection of Cotter Avenue and Royal Oak Road
Honoree: Thomas Coppola II (1974-2016) worked for the Department of Sanitation. After the 9/11 attacks, he was sent to Ground Zero to operate a mechanical broom, and remained there to help in the search and rescue effort. He also assisted in cleaning up debris on Staten Island after Superstorm Sandy for week after the storm. He died as a result of 9/11 related cancer. (Matteo)
Thomas Michael Darcy Way (Staten Island)
Location:Corner of Thomas and Wolverine Streets
Honoree: Thomas Michael Darcy (1965-2005) was the son of a police officer who had been killed in the line of duty in when he was two years old. Thomas Michael tragically fell from the Chase building in Lower Manhattan on April 14, 2005.
Thomas Prisco Street (Staten Island)
Present name:Seaview Avenue
Location:Mason Avenue and Father Capodanno Boulevard on Staten Island.
Honoree: When one of his sons was born with Down's Syndrome, Mr. Prisco (d. 1997) began a career devoted to issues facing the developmentally disabled. In 1950, he founded the Exceptional Children's Social Club, which provides activities, job counseling and placement for the developmentally disabled. (RGPR)
Thomas, Martin & William/SNEE CORNER/World War II Heroes (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Joline Avenue and Amboy Road
Honoree: Honors three brothers killed in combat in World War II. Lt. Thomas Snee was killed when his B-25 bomber was shot down by Japanese land forces as it crossed Burma. Cpt. Martin Snee, of the Marine Corps, was killed when the foxhole he took cover in was hit by enemy bombs in the Solomons. Lt. William Snee, also a Marine, was killed when his plane fell into the sea and exploded after being engaged in combat.
Troy Nilsen Way (Staten Island)
Location:Northwest corner of Walker Street and Port Richmond Avenue
Honoree: Troy Nilsen (b. 1968) worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Turid S. Brandt Road (Staten Island)
Location:Corner of Willowbrook Road and Sheraden Avenue [On the city map, these streets don’t quite intersect]
Honoree: Turid S. Brandt (1949-2006) worked for the Social Security Administration from 1967 to 1990. After her retirement, she volunteered at P.S. 54, serving as PTA president. She started the Reading for Life Program and the Valentines Dance enriching the lives of the students.
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