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Those Attached To TZB Should Have Input On New Name, Day Says

Rockland County Executive Ed Day
Rockland County Executive Ed Day Photo Credit: File photo
Tappan Zee Bridge
Tappan Zee Bridge Photo Credit: File
Editor's note: This story has been updated and clarified.

Those who have been most attached to the Tappan Zee Bridge during its history should have input on its naming, Rockland County Executive Ed Day said.

Poll
Do you think the new Tappan Zee Bridge should be named in honor of the late NY Gov. Mario Cuomo?
Reader Results

Do you think the new Tappan Zee Bridge should be named in honor of the late NY Gov. Mario Cuomo?

  • Absolutely
    11%
  • Absolutely not
    61%
  • Not sure
    3%
  • The new bridge shouldn't be named after any person
    25%

Day spoke out following the New York State Senate and Assembly passing legislation to name the bridge after former Governor Mario Cuomo. Gov. Andrew Cuomo noted his father doesn't have anything named after him.

The county executive said he is against naming the bridge after a political figure, preferring to honor Purple Heart veterans or the victims of the Sept. 11 attack, according to spokeswoman Jane Lerner.

He "also supports the idea of naming the bridge in memory of the three law enforcement officials killed in the 1981 Brinks robbery by domestic terrorists who were trying to reach the Tappan Zee Bridge," Lerner said.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino ripped the move and said it would be more appropriate to name something in Queens after Cuomo.

The current bridge is named after another former New York governor, Malcolm Wilson, who lived in Westchester.

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