Petition: Change Mario Cuomo Bridge back to the 'Tappan Zee'

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November 13, 2017 09:04 PM

An online petition with thousands of signatures is calling on the state to change back the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge to its former name.

The bridge, which carries traffic over the Hudson River downstate, was named the Tappan Zee Bridge up until this year. But, before the state opened up a newly built bridge in August, lawmakers approved legislation to rename it after Gov. Andrew Cuomo's father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo. Mario Cuomo died in 2015.

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Attorney and author Monroe Mann, the creator of the petition, which as of Monday night has more than 46,000 signatures, says the name should reflect the state's history.

"While Mr. Cuomo may be deserving of something named after him, it should not be at the expense of history, and the original settlers of our land: the Tappan Indians and the Dutch.  And certainly not at taxpayer expense," the petition reads. "The name Tappan Zee has no politics associated with it.  And it properly recognizes the true founders of this land."

If the petition hits its goal of 50,000, which appears likely, the petition will be delivered to the state legislature and Governor Cuomo.


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