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Astorino Rips Move To Name New Tappan Zee Bridge After Mario Cuomo

Westchester County Exec Rob Astorino
Westchester County Exec Rob Astorino Photo Credit: Contributed
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Gov. Andrew Cuomo Photo Credit: File
Former Gov. Mario
Former Gov. Mario Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons
The new Tappan Zee Bridge.
The new Tappan Zee Bridge. Photo Credit: File

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is speaking out after the State Senate approved legislation to name the new Tappan Zee Bridge after former Governor Mario Cuomo.

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

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

  • Absolutely
    7%
  • Absolutely not
    69%
  • Not sure
    2%
  • The new bridge shouldn't be named after any person
    22%

Cuomo served three terms as governor and is the father of current Governor Andrew Cuomo. Astorino ran against the younger Cuomo in 2014 and was defeated. He is considering challenging Cuomo again in 2018.

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

“The governor’s sly attempt to put his family’s name on the bridge, which he can’t figure out how to pay for, even with his massive toll hikes on the horizon, is simply outrageous," said Astorino said. "Governor Wilson lived in Westchester and should not have his name stripped from the Tappan Zee Bridge to satisfy Andrew Cuomo’s ego. Mario Cuomo has no connection whatsoever to Westchester or Rockland."

Astorino said it would be more appropriate to name something in Queens after Cuomo, where he lived and raised his family.

The legislation still needs to be approved by the Assembly.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day has yet to publicly comment on the proposed naming of the new bridge after Mario Cuomo.

What do you think about naming the new Tappan Zee Bridge after Mario Cuomo? Vote in our poll.

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