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Siena poll: Voters split on new name for TZ Bridge


Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking at the opening of the westbound span
on August 24

LOUDONVILLE – Support for naming the new Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River after the late Governor Mario Cuomo is evenly split with opposition, according to the latest poll by the Siena College Research Institute.

The September poll found 44 percent of people questioned supporting the name change to 42 percent opposed to it. A total of 15 percent did not have an opinion.  In July, opponents totaled 47 percent, while supporters equaled 37 percent.

“Thanks to increased support from Democrats, Republicans and downstaters, New Yorkers are now closely divided on naming the new Tappan Zee bridge – currently for Governor Malcom Wilson – the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, after being decided negative in July,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. “The Cuomo Bridge naming has plurality support downstate and plurality opposition upstate. Democrats support; Republicans and independents oppose.”

The bridge naming was approved by the state legislature this summer with current Governor Andrew Cuomo, the late governor’s son, signing the measure,

 


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