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20a Tim Russert Highway

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A portion of US Route 20A in Orchard Park, NY has been named to honor Tim

Russert, the "Meet the Press moderator who died suddenly June 13. The road

is near Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the NFL's Buffalo Bills, Russert's

favorite football team. Russert would sometimes end his show by shouting,

"Go Bills!"




Bush Signs "Russert Highway" Into Law


ABC News' Matt Jaffe reports: President Bush Wednesday signed a law

designating a stretch of Route 20A in upstate New York as "Timothy J.

Russert Highway," in honor of the late NBC News journalist.


Tim Russert, NBC's Washington Bureau Chief and host of their Sunday

interview program "Meet the Press," died of a heart attack on June 13.


The portion of Route 20A that will bear his name is located in Orchard Park,

New York, just outside of Buffalo, Russert's hometown. The road is near

Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the NFL's Buffalo Bills, Russert's favorite

football team. Russert would sometimes end his show by shouting, "Go Bills!"


The legislation to re-name the road was introduced on Capitol Hill by New

York Senators Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer.


"Throughout his years in Washington he remained true to his roots, and more

often than not on Sunday mornings during the football season he proclaimed

his love for the Bills to a national audience as he signed off of 'Meet the

Press'," said Clinton in a statement after the bill passed the House and

Senate earlier this month. "When people drive through what will be the

Timothy J. Russert Highway, I hope they are reminded of the man who always

cheered on his hometown team."

Schumer, Clinton's fellow Democratic Senator from the Liberty State, also

released a statement at the time recalling his appearances on Russert's



"I think any politician in Washington would tell you one of their favorite

ways to spend a Sunday morning was visiting Tim on "Meet the Press" - even

though you knew he was going to grill you! I know I'll particularly miss

those few minutes before we went on air, where Tim always took the time to

talk about the Bills before getting down to business. By putting Tim Russert's

name on this portion of Route 20A, he will never be far from the town he

never forgot."


The day of Russert's sudden death, the President and First Lady Laura Bush

said that they were "deeply saddened" by his passing.


"Those of us who knew and worked with Tim, his many friends, and the

millions of Americans who loyally followed his career on the air will all

miss him. As the longest-serving host of the longest-running program in the

history of television, he was an institution in both news and politics for

more than two decades. Tim was a tough and hardworking newsman. He was

always well-informed and thorough in his interviews. And he was as

gregarious off the set as he was prepared on it."


Russert is survived by his wife Maureen and his son Luke.






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