by Rick Pezzullo –
An online petition drive to restore “Tappan Zee” in the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge came up short last month in Albany.
More than 108,000 signatures were obtained by the Save Our Tappan Zee group and delivered to the State Legislature on June 7. The state Senate supported a compromise bill that would have renamed the span that connects Westchester and Rockland over the Hudson River the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge but the state Assembly never took up the measure.
The former bridge, which was replaced last year by a $4 billion structure, was officially called the Gov. Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge, but was always referred to as simply the Tappan Zee Bridge.
Dr. Monroe Mann of Port Chester started the Save Our Tappan Zee group and explained on its website the reasons why Tappan Zee was important to remain in place.
“The name Tappan Zee has no politics associated with it. And it properly recognizes the true founders of this land: the Tappan Indians and the Dutch,” Mann stated. “These bills are a fair compromise that honor the Tappan and the Dutch, preserve NY history, avoid the spending of countless wasteful dollars to replace all the signs in NY State, and yes, allow Governor Andrew Cuomo to honor his father at the same time.”