Eighty-six years to the day that Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field on his historic flight across the Atlantic Ocean, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray joined Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, Cradle of Aviation Executive Director Andrew Parton and Westbury resident Adam Sackowitz at the Lindbergh monument in East Garden City to support New York State Assemblyman Ed Ra’s resolution to designate May 20th as “Transatlantic Flight Day in the State of New York.” Murray also detailed the town’s efforts to landmark the monument, the site from which Lindbergh’s plane took off before landing, 33 ½ hours later, in Paris.
“Much of our nation’s aviation history took flight on Long Island, including the first non-stop, solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927 by Charles Lindbergh, whose plane took off here in Hempstead Town,” stated Murray. “I am proud to partner with Assemblyman Ed Ra in designating May 20th as ‘Transatlantic Flight Day in the State of New York’ to mark Lindbergh’s historic achievement. In concert with the Assemblyman’s efforts, the town is pleased to be designating Lindbergh’s ‘take-off’ site as a historic landmark.”
Assemblyman Ra’s resolution, set to be introduced in the state Assembly today, states that Lindbergh’s flight “was a landmark event in aviation and the history of our Nation … which revolutionized the course of aviation.”
“Charles Lindbergh is an iconic figure in Long Island history and global aviation,” said Assemblyman Ra. “I am happy to sponsor legislation that will mark May 20th, the anniversary of ‘Lindy’s’ landmark journey as ‘Transatlantic Flight Day in the State of New York.’”
“I would like to commend Assemblyman Ed Ra for recognizing May 20th in honor of Charles Lindbergh, as the Town of Hempstead is taking steps to landmark this historic site,” said Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. “With the combined efforts of New York State and Hempstead Town, what first took flight in 1927 will be remembered for generations to come.”
“Lindbergh’s achievement was not only Long Island history, it was world history,” said Councilman Hudes. "Making May 20th ‘Transatlantic Flight Day in New York,’ is a fitting tribute to that legacy.”
At a town Landmarks Preservation Commission public hearing last year, Murray and Councilwoman Goosby spoke in favor of landmarking the Lindbergh monument, located just outside a parking garage at The Mall at the Source in East Garden City. The Landmarks Commission offered its support, pending the designation of the plot of land around the monument to be included in the town’s landmarking resolution. However, when Hurricane Sandy hit, official designation of the site was delayed, as the town focused its attention on post-storm clean-up and helping residents recover and rebuild.
Today, Murray announced that the Landmarks Commission is scheduled to make a formal decision on the Lindbergh monument at its next meeting, on June 11th. If the Commission supports it, a formal recommendation will be made to the Town Board, which would then vote on whether to landmark the site.
“I look forward to the vote of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which has already voiced its support for landmarking the Lindbergh take-off site,” said Murray. “I am confident that my colleagues on the Hempstead Town Board will join me to vote in favor of preserving this piece of history in our township.”
Concluded Murray, “I would like to thank Assemblyman Ed Ra, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Gary Hudes and Adam Sackowitz for their efforts in preserving aviation history in our township.”