Rockland assemblyman introduces bill to change Cuomo Bridge name back to Tappan Zee
There is a renewed push to change the name of the Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge back to the Tappan Zee Bridge.
A bill to change the name back to Tappan Zee was introduced by Assemblyman Mike Lawler, who represents part of Rockland County.
A petition on change.org to change the name launched back in 2017 by a Westchester man and now has over 150,000 signatures.
He says over the last three weeks, coincidentally as sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo surfaced, there's been renewed interest in changing the bridge's name. The bridge is named after the governor's father.
Those in favor of the old Tappan Zee name argue it recognizes the true founders of the land - Tappan Native Americans and the Dutch.
A state bill to change the name failed to pass back in 2018.
Assemblyman Lawler released the following statement:"Last week, I introduced legislation to change the name of the Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge back to its rightful name - the Tappan Zee Bridge.Especially now, in light of the allegations of sexual harassment and appalling conduct of the Governor who bears the same last name, it's clear that we must restore the bridge's original, historical name."