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Rockland County executive supports putting “Tappan Zee” in new bridge name

The original Tappan Zee Bridge, slowing being dismantled, sits aside the new Cuomo Bridge

NEW CITY – Rockland County Executive Edwin Day has lent his support for a state legislative effort to put “Tappan Zee” in the name of the new bridge connecting Rockland and Westchester counties.

State lawmakers last year named the new twin span the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, dropping “Tappan Zee” from the name. The old bridge had been named the Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge.

Day supports changing the name to the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge.

“This is a viable compromise to what has become both embarrassing and insulting to the Lower Hudson Valley,” he said. “This common-sense solution will help restore the tradition and history of our area by honoring the Tappan Native Americans who resided here as well as the early Dutch settlers. In a time when so much of the world around us is changing it is so important that we retain a true sense of our history; these bills will help us do exactly that.”

 


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