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Friday, June 20, 2003

Rowland Signs Bill Naming Post

Rowland Signs Bill Naming Post Road Bridge for Ruth Steinkraus Cohen
Almost a month after it was approved by the state Senate, Gov. John G. Rowland has signed a bill naming the Post Road Bridge over the Saugatuck River for longtime Westporter Ruth Steinkraus Cohen.

The measure was contained in an overall transportation bill (HB-6404) signed Wednesday by the governor, according to the states Web site. It was one of 15 bills signed that day by Rowland, who had not signed any state legislation since June 3.

The bill passed the House on May 15 and the Senate on May 22—the latter passage came despite an effort by Westport’s Sen. Judith G. Freedman to block the legislation.

She said the bill had not had a fair hearing in Westport and that people were not aware that a naming process was underway. The legislator said there were other names that could have been considered

The bill was introduced by fellow Westport Republican Rep. G. Kenneth Bernhard and gained endorsement from the Westport Board of Selectmen by a 2-1 vote and the Representative Town Meeting by a 26-5 vote on April 1.

The act states: “(Effective from passage) The bridge over the Saugatuck River in Westport shall be designated as the ‘Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge.’”

Streinkraus Cohen, an avid supporter of the United Nations and the arts, died May 26, 2002, after a long battle with cancer. She had been a Westport resident for more than 45 years.



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