Petition seeks name change of Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge back to Tappan Zee

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A petition started by a Port Chester man seeks to change the name of the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge back to Tappan Zee.

Monroe Mann started the petition on Change.org. In a little more than a week, it went viral and has fetched more than 45,000 signatures.

The petition comes after Gov. Andrew Cuomo pitched to name the nearly $4 billion bridge after his late father, Gov. Mario Cuomo. The state Senate passed the name change this summer. It was buried in a bill with several important unrelated items -- from taxes to accidental disability benefits for fire and police members.

"Why do we have a bill that has totally unrelated things all being tacked on and it's either all or nothing?” asks Mann.

Mann believes politicians should stay out of it and that the name of the new span should be up to the people.

With the new bridge expected to be completed next year, Mann says the state still has a chance to make a change.

He says he plans on sending the petition and a letter to Gov. Cuomo.

A spokesperson for Gov. Cuomo released a statement defending the naming of the span. “There is no doubt that these are politically partisan comments. The law was passed by an overwhelming majority of both Democrats and Republicans and it is a fitting tribute to a life-long public servant who achieved great things for the people of New York,” says Abbey Fashouer

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