Honoring a man who connected communities

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MORRISONVILLE, N.Y. It's been just over a year since Morrisonville resident, Gordie Little, passed away suddenly. Saturday, crowds lined up in his home town to honor and remember him.

"His legacy as the voice of local radio, victims advocate, author, eager story teller, devoted family man and dear friend to all will stand as an example of true community service for many years to come," said Meg LeFevre, a Plattsburgh Town councilor.

For decades, Little worked in radio and television in Clinton County New York. For months, officials have been working to make his name a permanent fixture by dedicating a bridge to his memory. This month, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed off on the final piece of legislation needed to name the Morrisonville bridge after him.

"Gordie was a bridge. He connected communities. He connected people with the news. He connected people with ideas, and he always was there to listen to both sides of a story," said Senator Betty Little, R-Queensbury.

Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman Billy Jones--who helped pass the legislation--were two of the many speakers at the dedication ceremony for the Gordie Little Memorial Bridge.

"It's important. He brought people together. He was a connector, and this bridge is a connector between two communities, and Gordie emblified all of that," said Assemblyman Billy Jones, D-Chateaugay.

Family members say he was humble and cared deeply for the community. His son encouraged the crowd to cherish each day fully.

"let us together honor his life not just by naming a bridge after him, which is really cool, but by living and expressing our lives in his spirit," said his son, Kirk Little.

The bridge crosses over the Saranac River in a hamlet shared by two towns-- a fitting symbol that embodies the man it honors.