Statement by Marc Molinaro on Andrew Cuomo’s
Refusal to Add ‘Tappan Zee’ Back Into Bridge Name
August 4, 2018
“Andrew Cuomo blew an opportunity today to honor the will of Hudson Valley families and Native American New Yorkers who want the words ‘Tappan Zee’ returned to the name of the bridge connecting Westchester and Rockland Counties. More than 100,000 New Yorkers have signed a petition asking Mr. Cuomo to do that, citing the historic importance of the Native American Tappan tribe to the area.
“Mr. Cuomo stripped the former ‘Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge’ of its name in the middle of the night in 2017 — without any public input — in favor of his family name, and that was wrong. He had a chance at his news conference on the bridge today to set things right by at least renaming the span ‘the Mario M. Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge,’ but once again he elected not to do so, just as he has ignored the extraordinary needs of a 570-mile State Thruway system in terrible disrepair. (In 2007, 54.7 miles (9.6%) of the 570-mile system were in fair or poor condition. Today, 353.3 miles (62%) are in fair or poor condition.)
“Be assured that, as governor, I will move to return the Tappan Zee name to the bridge with full public hearings. And I will gladly find other, more appropriate ways to honor the late Governor Cuomo.”