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‘Joe Berenyi Way’: Oswego names intersection in honor of local Paralympian

A local athlete has been recognized by the village of Oswego for his achievements in the Paralympics.

The village board approved a resolution Oct. 19 designating the intersection of Grove and Collins Roads honorary “Joe Berenyi Way” in recognition of the Oswego cyclist and Paralympian.

In a memo to trustees, Administrative Intern Corey Incandela wrote, “Joe Berenyi’s life is an example of perseverance and overcoming the odds.”

Following a 1994 construction accident that resulted in the amputation of his right arm, Berenyi started cycling and began competing in para-cycling events in 2009, Incandela wrote.

Berenyi’s competition history includes multiple Union Cycliste Internationale Para-Cycling Track World Championships, multiple Parapan American Games, and three Paralympic Games.

“Joe has amassed several medals throughout the course of his career,” Incandela wrote, “Including a gold, silver and bronze medal in the 2012 London Paralympic Games, and a silver medal in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games.”

Most recently, Berenyi competed in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

“His accomplishments make him an appropriate choice for an honorary street name sign,” Incandela wrote.

During the Oct. 19 meeting, Village President Troy Parlier echoed the praise for Berenyi, calling the Oswego resident a “highly-decorated medal winner.”

“We felt it was very fitting to name a street after Joe,” Parlier said.

Berenyi can often be seen biking in the area of his commemorative road sign.