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Bill Approved to Rename Bear Mountain Bridge

A bill designating a Hudson River span as "The Purple Hearts Veterans Memorial Bridge" has been approved by the New York state Legislature.

The measure involving the Bear Mountain Bridge passed the Democrat-controlled Assembly and the Republican-led Senate earlier this week.

The legislation was sponsored by Sen. Bill Larkin, an Orange County Republican, and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, a Westchester County Democrat.

Bear Mountain Bridge carries U.S. Routes 6 and 202 over the Hudson between the Rockland-Orange county lines on the west bank and the Westchester-Putnam county lines on the east bank.

The span is located a few miles south of New Windsor, home of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. Larkin, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, lives in neighboring Cornwall.

This bill now goes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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