Omitting Mario Cuomo’s middle initial will cost taxpayers


TARRYTOWN – Signs on the Thruway directing motorists to the bridge over the Hudson River that replaced the old Tappan Zee Bridge, announce the new structure as the Mario Cuomo Bridge. That’s a big “whoops” as the official name of the new structure as voted upon in the middle of the night by the state legislature is the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

The middle initial – M – on the late governor’s name, the father of the current governor, was left off the signs and is now being added.

The Cuomos are Democrats as is State Senator David Carlucci of Nanuet and he called replacement of the signs as “a waste of taxpayer dollars.”

“The minor mistake should be addressed when the signs are under maintenance for general wear and tear,” Carlucci said on Friday. “A similar issue happened with the Verrazzano Bridge, and the governor signed legislation into law requiring the change only to be made when the signs were under maintenance. The money spent by the state to change the signs could be better used to fill potholes on our roadways.”

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