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Benchmarks: Journal of the New York State Unified Court System

Fall 2006

Street Corners Renamed for Court Officers Who Died on 9/11
Crowd at ceremony
In front of Family Court (not shown), with other courthouses at left and rear
Photo: Stephen Moran
Family, friends and colleagues of the three New York State court officers killed during the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attack gathered in lower Manhattan on Sept. 30 for the renaming of three street corners in their honor.

Immediately after Sept. 11, artists made a mural at the 111 Centre St. courthouse, just blocks from the twin towers, “but we wanted something more permanent for the public and the other officers” said Lt. Frank Graniero, a court officer in Richmond Family Court. “We [New York State Court Officers Lodge #35] came up with renaming a street in their honor.”

Capt. William Harry Thompson and Senior Court Officers Thomas Jurgens and Mitchel Wallace died while helping to evacuate people from the two towers.

Craig Floyd, Chairman and Executive Director of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, was the keynote speaker at the ceremony, which drew a crowd of close to 1,000, many in uniform. Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman also spoke.

The intersection of White and Lafayette Streets was renamed Court Officer Mitchel Wallace Corner; the corner of Leonard and Lafayette Streets was renamed for Court Officer
Thomas Jurgens; and the corner of Franklin and Lafayette Streets was renamed for Capt. William Thompson. Part of Lafayette Street near the Family Court was also named Court Officer Memorial Way.

Another view of the crowd
Photo: Stephen Moran

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Contents bullet point Second “Mega-Courthouse” Opens bullet point Justice Court Reforms bullet point Street Corners Renamed for Court Officers bullet point School in New Court Complex bullet point Mental Health Courts bullet point Domestic Violence Awareness Month bullet point Judge Smith Retires bullet point Judge Rosenblatt Retires bullet point Virtual Library Services bullet point Court Programs Broadcast Online bullet point Wi-Fi in the Courts bullet point Deputy Chief Support Magistrate bullet point Court Construction Update bullet point Marian Wright Edelman Addresses Conference bullet point Historic Courthouses and Trials bullet point Did You Know? bullet point Judicial Institute (JI) Program Highlights bullet point JI Legal Updates


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