SYRACUSE – New York Gov. Kathy Hochul unveiled a new memorial on Aug. 28 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse that honors highway workers killed on the job.

Gov. Kathy Hochul claps as state Department of Transportation officials help unveil a new memorial at the New York State Fairgrounds honoring fallen highway workers.

The memorial is located near the midway entrance and west of the Horticulture Building at the Fairgrounds.

It honors all highway workers who died while doing on the job, including workers from the state Department of Transportation, state authorities, local governments, and private sector contractors.

Central Region President Kenny Greenleaf attended the unveiling.

CSEA Central Region President Kenny Greenleaf and CSEA Legislative and Political Action Director Fran Turner represented our union at the unveiling.

According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1,844 workers were killed on the job at road construction sites between 2003 and 2017, averaging 123 per year.

Just the state DOT alone has lost 56 workers due to highway fatalities since its creation.

The back side of the highway memorial pays tribute to the fallen workers.

Not only is the memorial a much-needed tribute to these fallen workers, it is also a poignant reminder to slow down and stay alert while traveling through work zones.

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Jessica Ladlee

Jessica Ladlee is the communications specialist for CSEA's Southern Region. A graduate of Boston University, Ladlee is an award-winning journalist who worked as a newspaper editor before joining the CSEA communications team in 2004. She is passionate about the opportunities unions provide for people to join the middle class, something her grandmother did as a Rockland County CSEA member over 50 years ago.

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