New York

Pushback After NY Governor Moves to Rename Tappan Zee Bridge After His Father

Gov. Cuomo has been receiving pushback after moving to rename the new Tappan Zee Bridge after his father, the late Gov. Mario Cuomo.

His biggest critics are residents of Rockland and Westchester, the two counties the bridge connects over the Hudson River.

According to a survey conducted by GOP pollster John McLaughlin and Associates, a 54 percent majority of Rockland and Westchester residents disapproves of the new bridge name. Only 33 percent approves.

The crossing’s current name, the Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge, honors the 50th governor of New York, who served from 1973 to 1974.

The new name, the Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge, was approved on June 29 by the New York state legislature. 

Gov. Cuomo has been pushing to build a new bridge to replace the current aging one.

The elder Cuomo served as New York governor from 1983 to 1994, 17 years before his son took the same office. He passed away in 2015.

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