Sam Berliner III was the convenor (and father) of the Long Island Motor Parkway Panel . Although Sam and his new bride have moved to Boston, he remains one the strongest advocates for preserving the remnants and the history of the Long Island Motor Parkway. Today's post pays tribute and thanks to Sam III.
Sam's wonderful Long Island Motor Parkway website introduced thousands of people to the history and images of the Long Island Motor Parkway. Following his move, much of the website is currently down. The good news, Sam is in the process of rebuilding it. Here is an example of one page from Sam's new website.
In 2003, Sam provided the history of the Motor Parkway at a Williston Park celebration.
Pat Masterson, Al Velocci and Sam clearing a path on the Motor Parkway in 2006 in Old Bethpage.
Al and Sam discussing the Motor Parkway in Queens with Newsday reporter Bill Bleyer for his article Road to History: Long Island 100 years later.
Sam and Al on top of the Old Courthouse Bridge over the Motor Parkway in Manhasset Hills.
Sam and Al checking out an original wood Motor Parkway post.
Sam sitting on Deadman's Curve in Bethpage.
One of Sam's greatest accomplishments was his efforts concerning the Motor Parkway Trail. On November 2, 2004, Nassau County residents overwhelmingly approved an ENVIRONMENTAL BOND ACT PROGRAM which was a dedicated fund to preserve open space, improve parkland, reduce storm water pollution and cleanup brownfields throughout the County. The County then sought nominations from the community for specific properties and projects to be considered for funding. Sam Berliner and The Motor Parkway Panel responded, submitting a nomination which was eventually approved as the Motor Parkway Trail project. Here is a link to Sam Berliner's 2005 submission.
Sam III, thanks again for your efforts to preserve the Motor Parkway! It is much appreciated.
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