Astronaut William G. Gregory, a Lockport native, helped unveil a new road sign Sunday designating the Lockport Bypass, part of Route 93 between Robinson and Saunders Settlement roads, as the "William Gregory
"I hope this is the only bypass I require in my life," joked the Air Force lieutenant colonel as he helped local politicians take the wraps off the sign. Gregory, 41, graduated from Lockport High School in 1975. He now lives and works in Houston, where he is spacecraft operations branch chief for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He piloted a 16-day space shuttle mission in March 1995.
He presented a boyhood friend, Common Council President Michael W. Tucker, with his original astronaut flight suit as a historical memento. Tucker, filling in for Mayor Kenneth D. Swan, gave Gregory a
State Sen. George D. Maziarz presented Gregory's mother Kathleen with a framed copy of the bill passed last year by the State Legislature to authorize the name change, and the pen Gov. Pataki used to sign it.
Town of Lockport Supervisor J.O. Thompson presented a proclamation to Raymond E. Lamont, a town resident who first suggested to the renaming of the road to the Town Board.