- The NY State legislature
Return the Cuomo Bridge its original name: The Tappan Zee. That bridge is our history.
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In the summer of 2017, the N.Y. State Legislature voted to rename the famous and now rebuilt Tappan Zee Bridge (named for the Tappan Indians and the Dutch) after former NY governor Mario Cuomo.
While Mr. Cuomo may be deserving of something named after him, it should not be at the expense of history, and the original settlers of our land: the Tappan Indians and the Dutch. And certainly not at taxpayer expense.
The name Tappan Zee has no politics associated with it. And it properly recognizes the true founders of this land: the Tappan Indians and the Dutch. Plus, it sounds cool to say, “I’m taking the Tappan Zee.” It does not sound cool to say, “I’m taking the Cuomo.” Come on people!
Most importantly, we should not recognize the contributions of one in history by destroying a memorial to another.
Out of curiosity, why didn't the tax payers have a direct vote since we are the ones who ultimately paid for it, and will through toll taxes? Didn’t a large part of the funding come from a FEDERAL grant? That is OUR bridge. America’s bridge. New York’s bridge. Last I checked, Mario Cuomo and his family did not personally contribute hundreds of millions to its construction...
It is time for Albany to do the right thing: bring back the former name of the Tappan Zee Bridge.
We want our bridge’s name back.
In less than one week, I have amassed more than 27,000 names to my petition to return the Indian & Dutch name to the Tappan Zee Bridge.
We are furious that the state legislature voted to rename OUR bridge the Cuomo Bridge in the dead of night without any input from the public. In 2008, the famous and historic Triborough Bridge was renamed the RFK. Now the famous and historic Tappan Zee is the Cuomo. What’s next? The GW? The Golden Gate? The Grand Canyon? Politicians should not be able to do this unilaterally. Why aren’t these national landmarks?
I know the Journal News has a section devoted specifically to news of the bridge once known as the Tappan Zee Bridge. Isn’t it ironic, that even THEY still call it the Tappan Zee?
But not for long. Sure, our older generations may continue calling it the Tappan Zee, but Generation Z? Soon all signs will be changed. In 30 years, the Indian and Dutch heritage that inspired the naming of the bridge will be gone. And for what? For someone who had NOTHING to do with EITHER bridge and provided ZERO personal funding for the bridge.
Governor Cuomo states that because it's a new bridge, it deserves a new name. But that conflicts again with history. England's London Bridge was destroyed four times and each time, it was rebuilt anew, but the name never changed. Why? History. Place. Tradition. Florida's Cape Canaveral was renamed Cape Kennedy only to see its original name returned a few years later. Why? History. Place. Tradition. The same should and can happen here.
I hope you will join our collective outrage. We want our bridge back. Immediately.
-Dr. Monroe Mann, PhD, Esq, MBA
P.S. - the original bridge was called the Governor Malcolm Wilson–Tappan Zee Bridge, known commonly as the Tappan Zee. So why can’t the new one be called the Governors Cuomo/Wilson—Tappan Zee Bridge? In this way, we recognize Cuomo while not destroying the bridge’s true namesake. Why shouldn’t this happen? The answer: there is NO reason. It should happen immediately, at very minimum. At best, it should just be the Tappan Zee Bridge.
MEDIA COVERAGE TO DATE INCLUDES:
(Links coming soon. In meantime, just search Google or Bing)
* Front page of the NY Post
* Editorial endorsing the petition in the NY Post
* The Journal News (multiple articles, including an amazing one sharing the breathtaking contributions of the Tappan Indians on our nation)
* CBS 2 TV
* Spectrum TV NY
* Fios TV NY
* The NY Daily News
* Pix 11 News
* Tarrytown Patch
* The Los Angeles Times
* The New York Times
* The Yeshiva World
* WestFair Online
* News 12 Westchester
- The NY State legislature
Please return the Tappan Zee name to those who rightfully deserve it: the Indians and Dutch.
The bridge’s name is an integral part of our history. Please rename the structure the Tappan Zee Bridge.
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