Name the new Tappan Zee bridge for Pete Seeger!
  • Petitioning New York State Senate

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New York State Senate
New York State House
New York
Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Name the new Tappan Zee bridge for Pete Seeger!

    1. Bill Swersey
    2. Petition by

      Bill Swersey

      New York, NY

Singer/Songwriter/Activist Pete Seeger, who died January 27, 2014 at the age of 94, was a champion of justice, civil rights and the environment. 

Naming the new Tappan Zee bridge across the Hudson River for this lifelong resident of New York State would be a fitting tribute to a man who did so much to help improve the mighty Hudson and the towns along its banks.

Seeger pushed for a cleaner river in the 1960s — long before others took on the cause — and used music to push for an environment friendly river. He was the founder of the Hudson River sloop Clearwater which to this day sails up and down the river helping to encourage environmental activism and the waterway's rebirth. Over the years, Seeger's efforts have lead to a significantly cleaner river; today swimming is possible in many formerly polluted areas.

The idea of naming the new bridge, which is expected to open in 2018, has been put forth by Greenburgh town supervisor Paul Feiner who hopes naming the bridge after Seeger will inspire travelers to keep the river clean. Feiner has promised to bring this proposal to NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo and members of the NY State legislature. 

Let's show them that this idea has the support of the people!

New York State Senate
New York State House
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York
Name the new Tappan Zee bridge for singer, environmentalist Pete Seeger

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. 15,000 Strong!

      Bill Swersey
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to you, we crossed the 15,000 signature mark! The outpouring of support has far surpassed what I ever expected when I created this petition the morning I learned Pete Seeger had died.

      We have sent the petition to lawmakers and others who are in a position to influence the decision about the naming of the TZ Bridge. They know there is strong support for this great idea.

      Please continue to share with family and friends - people in Albany (and beyond) are watching!


    2. Reached 15,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Christine Araman NEW YORK, NY
      • 2 days ago

      He has a nice name, he was a stand up guy and renaming the silly name Tappan Zee is long overdue.

    • David grupper BROOKLYN, NY
      • 8 days ago

      Pete is an American hero.

    • Joan Menken SCARSDALE, NY
      • 10 days ago

      Pete Seeger was so dedicated to the Hudson River.

    • mara cohen NYACK, NY
      • 14 days ago

      Pete Seeger represents everything that is good about the Hudson River Valley and was a great role model. There is nothing controversial about him...nobody doesn't love Pete Seger and the bridge would make people remember his good work.

    • Susan Epstein NEW YORK, NY
      • 15 days ago

      Pete was the greatest.


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