2012-06-15 / Community

Turner Seeks Wildlife Refuge Center Change

Congressman Bob Turner at the Wildlife Refuge Center on Tuesday. Congressman Bob Turner at the Wildlife Refuge Center on Tuesday. Congressman Bob Turner announced at a press conference on Tuesday that he’s working on a bill to honor former New York Senator and Wildlife Refuge Center advocate James L. Buckley by renaming the center in his memory.

“Today, I would like to announce that I plan to introduce a piece of legislation that will honor a man who was pivotal in making this park a reality, former New York Senator James L. Buckley, by naming the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center the ‘James L. Buckley Visitor Center,’ ” Turner said. “Senator Buckley was a proud American and a true public servant, serving at the highest levels in all three branches of government, as well as the United States Navy.”

Following his election to the Senate in 1970, Senator Buckley spent his first days in the Senate working with Senator Jacob Javits on the legislation that would create Gateway National Recreation Area. The bill must be approved in both the House and Senate.

According to Turner, he sees the renaming of the center a fitting tribute to the man who helped create the park.

“I am proud to have the opportunity to introduce this bill that will honor a man who not only served his state and his country with great pride, but who also had the vision to create this amazing park for us to enjoy and share with our future generations,” Turner said.

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