You are reading

Long Island Expressway Overpass to Be Renamed After NYPD Detective Killed by Drunk Driver

State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky and Assemblymember Nily Rozic are working on legislation to rename a Long Island Expressway overpass in Fresh Meadows after Detective Anastasios Tsakos, pictured, who was killed by a drunk driver in the line of duty (Photo: NYPD and GMaps)

May 20, 2022 By Czarinna Andres

Two eastern Queens lawmakers are working on renaming a Long Island Expressway overpass after an NYPD officer who was struck and killed by a drunk driver while directing traffic on the thoroughfare last year.

State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and Assemblymember Nily Rozic aim to have the overpass located at Francis Lewis Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway called Detective Anastasio Tsakos Memorial Bridge.

Stavisky has sponsored and passed legislation in the senate, while Rozic has introduced a bill in the assembly that is moving through committee.

Tsakos, who had served 13 years with the NYPD as a highway officer, was killed during the early hours April 27, 2021, while he was directing traffic on the Long Island Expressway in Fresh Meadows after an earlier crash that evening.

He was struck by Jessica Beauvais at around 2 a.m., who was allegedly driving drunk and had a suspended license. Beauvais fled the scene but was later apprehended. She was later charged by a grand jury with a 13-count indictment including aggravated manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter.

Tsakos left behind a wife, a 6-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son.

“Detective Tsakos served honorably in the NYPD and his tragic, untimely loss has been felt in the hearts of many,” Rozic said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to honor his memory and service to New Yorkers with the renaming of the Fresh Meadow overpass as Detective Anastasio Tsakos Memorial Bridge.“

Stavisky said the renaming is a fitting honor.

“The Detective Anastasio Tsakos Memorial Bridge will not only keep his memory alive, but will also serve as a reminder of his heroism and line-of-duty death.”

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Popular places where you can watch the Super Bowl in Queens

Feb. 2, 2023 By Tammy Scileppi

Hey, football fans! Game time is fast approaching, and across the city and here in Queens, you can feel the excitement brewing as the two teams prepare to take the field on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12. So, kick back and watch the big game, and don’t miss Rihanna’s exciting performance during halftime. 

NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force investigating vandalism at Forest Hills church that has been targeted in the past

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating a case of criminal mischief at a Forest Hills house of worship in which a vandal threw a rock to intentionally damage its glass front door, according to authorities.

Police say that just before 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, police from the 112th Precinct were called to Grace Lutheran Church, located at 103-15 Union Tpke., after a man threw a rock and damaged the church’s front door.

Borough president hears from community members on budget needs throughout Queens

During a two-day public hearing on the mayor’s 2024 preliminary budget, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. listened to testimonies from 14 community board representatives, community stakeholders and members of the public on where the money should be spent in Queens. 

The public hearings were held both in-person and via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Queens Borough Hall. The testimonials will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board’s FY24 preliminary budget priorities in the coming weeks. 

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.

BP launches new advisory panel for youth to become civically engaged in the future of Queens

In an effort to get more young people involved in civics, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards has created a new advisory panel known as the Youth and Young Adult Council to introduce the “youngest and fiercest” community advocates to both community service and organization.

Members of the advisory body will advocate concerns through means of community engagement by participating in one of two cohorts. The first will be made up of high school representatives between the ages of 13 and 17, while the second cohort will be comprised of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25.

These Queens eateries are participating in the upcoming NYC Restaurant Week

NYC Restaurant Week is underway, so nix that skillet and bring family and friends to your favorite neighborhood spot, or get inspired and break bread somewhere new and different. During this special citywide culinary event, food-lovers will enjoy curated menus and prix-fixe prices that are easy on the wallet.

Bookings began on Jan. 17 and are available until Feb. 12, and you can reserve a table at 30 participating Queens restaurants, along with hundreds more across the five boroughs.