By Charles J. Fuschillo Jr.

Created 06/06/2010 – 11:27am

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) today joined in a ribbon cutting ceremony with Lynn and Jim Scarpati and Governor David Paterson to launch the construction of the Wantagh Parkway guard rail project.

One year ago, the Scarpati’s 19 year-old son Matthew, an avid bicyclist, was repairing a flat tire on the bike path when a drunken motorcyclist lost control and tragically took his life.

Hundreds showed up at the ceremony today to kick off a bike ride in Matthew’s honor, but it was thousands who signed petitions, Facebook pages and contacted local officials.  Immediately after the accident, Senator Fuschillo and Assemblyman David McDonough  (R-No. Merrick) met with the Scarpati family in the Senator’s office and vowed their support.  Senator Fuschillo made an immediate phone call to Governor Paterson’s office and arranged for a private meeting with him and the Scarpati’s so he could hear first-hand the need for the guard rail to prevent further death or injury.

“I join with the Scarpati family in thanking Governor Paterson for making this project a reality,” Senator Fuschillo said.  “It’s a bittersweet day for the Scarpati family but countless people will be forever grateful for their commitment to making the bike path safer.”

“Although this guard rail will never bring my son back, I know it will save lives,” Lynn Scarpati said.

Senator Fuschillo also praised the efforts of many others who contacted his office and used social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to keep attention to the need for the project.

“Matt enjoyed fitness and bicycling to stay healthy yet his life was taken in such a tragic way” Assemblyman McDonough said.  “He will be forever missed by his family and friends, but because of their work in his name, lives will be saved.”

A bicycle that was painted entirely in white was presented at the ceremony by Matt’s former biking partner and best friend.  A ‘ghost bike,’ as it’s called, with Matthew Sarpati’s name, is a custom among bicyclists to leave at the site where a fellow rider was killed to bring attention for safe roads.


June 4, 2010
Author: admin

Please note that due to a conflict with Cedar Creek Park (two commitments were made for the same day), we have moved the start.  The new start will be at the exit from Parking lot 5A at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater.

If you drive down the Wantagh State Parkway, please stay in the left hand lanes as you approach the toll booth. You will not be required to pay the toll. You will follow a traffic circle around the famed Jones Beach Water Tower. Follow signs to parking in lot 5A Nikon at Jones Beach Theater.

Thank so much for joining us to celebrate a beautiful life and the guide rail project on the Wantagh State Parkway.

Honoring a fallen friend

May 6, 2010
Author: admin

By Katherine Allen

Staff Writer

Published: Thursday, March 25, 2010

Updated: Thursday, March 25, 2010


The brothers of Pi Lambda Phi and members of the campus community will gather in memory of Matthew Scarpati at the first Matthew Scarpati Memorial Walk on Sunday.

Matthew Scarpati was a 19-year-old sophomore economics major at the University at Buffalo when a drunken motorcyclist tragically killed him last July. Scarpati was struck while riding his bike on the Wantagh bike path near his home on Long Island, N.Y.

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April 2, 2010
Author: admin

“….. When you set out on a journey and night covers the road, you don’t conclude the road has vanished. And how else could we discover the stars?”