Shelter Rock Bridge to be renamed after Matthew Falcone

Shelter Rock Bridge to be renamed after Matthew Falcone
Matthew Falcone (left) and state Sen. Anna Kaplan (right). (Photo courtesy of the office of state Sen. Anna Kaplan)

The Shelter Rock Ridge Road Bridge in North Hills will be renamed the “Corporal Matthew A. Falcone Bridge” Sept. 10 at Mary Jane Davies Park. 

Falcone, also known as “Mr. Manhasset,” died in September 2020 at the age of 83 due to complications of COVID-19 and other underlying symptoms. 

Falcone was a past president of the Marine Corps League, a member of North Hempstead’s Veteran’s Advisory Committee and president of American Legion Post 304 in Manhasset. 

His other civic engagement included the Church of Saint Mary, Manhasset Community Club, Knights of Columbus, Manhasset Public Library and the Kiwanis Club, among others. 

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Falcone graduated from The City College of New York before working 65 years in the electrical industry, where he retired as superintendent for Forest Electrical Corporation.

Last year, state Sen. Anna Kaplan (D-North Hills) and Assemblywoman Gina Sillitti (D-Port Washington) passed a law to formally designate the bridge.

Kaplan said Falcone was a giant in the community. 

“Matt Falcone was an extraordinarily special person whose generosity of spirit was a constant source of inspiration to me and so many others. I will always remember Matt not only for his dedication to his country, his fellow veterans, his family, and his community, but also for his big heart and his inability to say no when someone needed help,” Kaplan said. “He was a true giant in our community, and I’m honored to share his legacy with everyone by dedicating this bridge in his name that so many of us travel every day.”

The dedication will take place Saturday, Sept. 10, at 1 p.m. and will feature state Assemblywoman Gina Sillitti (D-Port Washington) and town officials, among others. 


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