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The towns of Schuyler Falls and Plattsburgh are currently in discussion to dedicate the Morrisonville Bridge to Gordie Little. The bridge opened in 2015 and Little, who lived nearby the bridge, was there every step of the construction process.
SCHUYLER FALLS — The towns of Plattsburgh and Schuyler Falls are currently discussing the possibility of dedicating the Morrisonville Bridge to Gordie Little, the famed local broadcaster who passed away unexpectedly last month.
Schuyler Falls officials discussed the idea at last week’s town board.
Once word got out about Little’s death, Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman began receiving emails on the possibility of dedicating the Morrisonville Bridge, which was replaced in 2015, to him.
Little lived nearby the large, heavily-trafficked structure over the Saranac River and was there every step of the process, said Cashman. And when the bridge opened, Little broadcasted the ceremony live on Home Town Cable.
“The bridge is a significant physical metaphor for what Gordie provided our communities,” Cashman said. “He connected communities and built relationships.”
Cashman said he shared a special relationship with Little, who inspired him with his level of dedication to the region.
During Cashman’s campaign for Plattsburgh town supervisor, Little did his radio commercials.
When Little’s adult coloring book, “Gordie Little Gittles,” hit the shelves in 2015, Cashman attempted to be the first in line.
The two spent most of their time together during a countless number of community events and activities.
“He’s not a native of our region, but he sowed his roots deep in this community,” Cashman said. “He was an advocate for us all and he will be an everlasting role model for me.”
Schuyler Falls Supervisor Rick Potiker said while he didn’t have a personal relationship with Little, he’s in support of moving forward with this idea.
Several inquiries to the state have been sent out to see what the process would be and what it would entail.
Both towns are also looking into whether the bridge was already formally dedicated during the time of its reopening in September 2015.