New York Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton introduced a resolution Wednesday renaming a stretch of road in Buffalo, NY the “‘Timothy J. Russert Highway,” in honor of the late NBC journalist who died suddenly of a heart attack last Friday.
The stretch of route 20A is near Ralph Wilson Stadium, the home of Russert’s beloved Buffalo Bills football team.
Democratic Rep. Brian Higgins of Buffalo is also a sponsor of the resolution.
“Tim Russert was loved and respected throughout the halls of Washington for his journalistic integrity and trademark tenacity – but during all of his years in D.C. he remained a true Buffalonian at heart,” said Senator Clinton.
“I hope that by renaming this stretch of Route 20a near Ralph Wilson Stadium in Tim’s honor, that it will in some way bring him closer to the city and team he loved so much.”
A proud Buffalo native, Russert often signed off his Sunday morning talk show "Meet The Press" with a hearty "go Bills," sticking by the team through so many close Super Bowl losses.
Schumer called Russert; “an example of the very best in Western New York—a down-to-earth, family man with rock solid values and an irreplaceable twinkle in his eye.”
Funeral services were held Wednesday for Russert at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington.