Part of Rt. 37 in Lisbon officially named for late North Country journalist, community leader Chuck Kelly
Monday, August 12, 2019 - 9:50 am

LISBON -- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation naming a portion of state highway in the town of Lisbon in honor of a late North Country journalist.

The bill designates a portion of state Route 37 as the "Charles 'Chuck” Kelly Memorial Highway."

Kelly, who died in October, “served the greater Ogdensburg community for decades in his capacity as a journalist and a public servant,” a news release from the governor’s office said.

Some of his civic duties included his positions as director and past-president of the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club, member of New York State, County and City Democratic Committees and member of the St. Lawrence County Cancer Society Board of Directors.

"The name Chuck Kelly is synonymous with Ogdensburg. As a beloved journalist and a tireless advocate for the North Country, he dedicated his life to making our region a better place. Chuck was a great friend and a true champion for the North Country, as well as its people. By naming a portion of Route 37 in his honor, we ensure his legacy will never be forgotten,” Sen. Patty Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, said in a prepared statement.

"Chuck Kelly was a newsman in every sense of the word - he was fair and honest in his reporting and held officials accountable. But, Chuck was more than just a reporter, he was a man that gave back each and every day to the community he loved so dearly. I'd like to thank the Governor for signing this bill into law, which renames a portion of State Route 37 in Chuck's honor. Chuck Kelly was a tireless advocate for countless organizations, and this law is one small way to say 'Thank You' for the impact he had on not only the City of Ogdensburg, but all of St. Lawrence County. The region is a better place because of Chuck Kelly,” Assemblyman Mark Walczyk, R-Watertown, said in a prepared statement.

"Chuck Kelly lived an honorable life in service to his community, state and nation," Cuomo said in a prepared statement. "By designating a portion of State Route 37 in Kelly's name, we can ensure his life's work is remembered for years to come."