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Effort underway to return 'Tappan Zee' to Mario Cuomo bridge

Nov 16, 2021 5:30 am

Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics that a new effort is underway to return the name Tappan Zee to the twin cable-stayed bridge that spans the Hudson River between Tarrytown and Nyack. Democrat Assemblymember Tom Abinanti, who represents central Westchester County, has introduced a proposal that would restore Tappan Zee, a reference to the Native Americans who lived in the Hudson Valley region as well as the Dutch settlers in the area, and keep the name Mario Cuomo alongside it. A landing bridge at a welcome center on the Westchester County side of the river would be named in honor of Malcolm Wilson, a Republican who succeeded Nelson Rockefeller as governor. “Tappan Zee symbolizes the history and heritage of the area,” Abinanti said. The bridge was opened in 2018, and lawmakers subsequently approved a bill that named the new bridge after former Governor Andrew Cuomo's father. But the bridge naming was controversial, with Republicans in the Hudson Valley and residents alike backing efforts to change the name to the original Tappan Zee. “It’s time that we all came together and reached a compromise,” Abinanti said. “Let’s stop the war over the name, it’s time to heal.” Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.