On September 5, 2017, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo honored the retirement of Assemblyman Herman "Denny" Farrell Jr. by dedicating the most visited State Park in New York City as Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park. The Governor also announced the completion of the $25 million signature pedestrian and bicyclist bridge, named after Assemblyman Herman "Denny" Farrell, over the Henry Hudson Parkway, which will improve community access to the Hudson River waterfront. Farrell represented Harlem, Washington Heights, Hudson Heights, Sugar Hill, and Hamilton Heights in the Assembly for 42 years, making him the third longest-serving member in the history of the New York State Assembly.
"Denny's model of government service is exemplary and he has never stopped fighting for what he believes in, while always willing to work across the aisle to get the job done," Governor Cuomo said. "An instrumental pioneer in establishing this park 24 years ago, there is no better tribute to his service than renaming the Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park, and the pedestrian bridge over the Henry Hudson Parkway, in his honor. These landmarks will serve as a reminder to millions of New Yorkers and visitors the work Denny has accomplished to improve the lives of men and women in New York City and across the entire state."
"It has been a privilege to work alongside men and women who fight every day to improve the lives of New Yorkers, not only in Northern Manhattan, but across the entire state," said Denny Farrell. "I am deeply honored by Governor Cuomo and Legislature's dedication of Riverbank State Park, and have high hopes that the next generation of leaders will continue to uphold the values that New York was founded upon by continuing to do good for all people in every community of this state."
Assemblyman Farrell's service includes 23 years as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee; membership on the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus; and chairman of the Banks Committee for more than a decade, where he achieved landmark consumer protections in the credit card and auto-leasing industries. He also served for 28 years as chairman of Manhattan Democratic Party and six years as chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee.