Staten Island Intersection to be Named After Late District Attorney

By Nicholas Rizzi on May 16, 2012 3:13pm 

Morrison and Bement avenues will be renamed
Morrison and Bement avenues will be renamed "District Attorney Bill Murphy Way" in honor of the longest-serving DA on Staten Island.
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STATEN ISLAND — A West Brighton intersection will be renamed this weekend after the late Staten Island District Attorney William Murphy.

The intersection of Morrison and Bement avenues will become "District Attorney Bill Murphy Way" at a ceremony on Saturday.

The longest serving district attorney on Staten Island, Murphy served in the role for 21 years before his death in 2010 when he was 65-years-old, according to the Staten Island Advance.

Gov. Mario Cuomo appointed him in 1983.

Councilwoman Debi Rose, who sponsored the street renaming, said Murphy was dedicated to justice and was an active member of the community.

"Bill Murphy’s dedication to the community was a clear reflection of his love of family and friends,” Rose said in a news release. “Mr. Murphy enriched us all with his presence and our City will be forever stronger because of him.”

In addition to being district attorney, Murphy was also a former president of the National District Attorneys Association and the New York State District Attorneys Association, a member emeritus of the National College of District Attorneys’ Board of Regents, and he taught the New York Police Department’s Homicide Investigator course and class on basic and economic crimes at the Criminal Justices Service.

He served as the chairman of the Staten Island Leukemia Society and was on the advisory boards of the CYO, Bayley Seton Hospital, St. John’s University and the Goodhue Center. He was a member of the Staten Island Rotary Club and the Ancient Order of Hibernians, serving as the grand marshal of the 1983 Staten Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The street renaming ceremony starts at 3 p.m.

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