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Petition to The NY State legislature, Andrew Cuomo

Return the Cuomo Bridge its original name: The Tappan Zee. That bridge is our history.

UPDATE: Our efforts have resulted in two bills in our state legislature: one in the senate; one in the assembly--with identical language.  To change the bridge name to "The Mario M. Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge".  Yes, this is a compromise.  Yes, this has upset some people that don't want Mario's name anywhere in the bridge.  Alas, this petition I started (and that you signed) never was about 'removing Mario Cuomo's name'--it was about preserving the Tappan Zee name on the bridge.  Would it have been great if the bridge ONLY had Tappan Zee, and didn't honor a politician?  Of course.  But to accomplish things in this world, sometimes you MUST compromise, or nothing will get done.  These bills are a fair compromise that honor the Tappan and the Dutch, preserve NY history, avoid the spending of countless wasteful dollars to replace all the signs in NY state, and yes, allow Governor Andrew Cuomo to honor his father at the same time.  Is it the ideal?  No.  However, it most assuredly is the only way we will ever see Tappan Zee on our bridge.  So please support these bills.  They are our only shot at victory.UPDATE: A fundraiser was started on December 1, 2017 to support this cause that has already raised over $8,800 from over 300 individuals making small donations to fund a full-blown advertising campaign. We have also recently started a Fundraiser here on as well.  We are now officially Save Our Tappan Zee, Inc., a NY not-for-profit corporation. You can choose to support us via the fundraiser here, or you can read more and also consider supporting us at and ORIGINAL PETITION STORY: 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.  Sincerely, -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* Hamodia* Pix 11 News** Tarrytown Patch* The Los Angeles Times* The New York Times* The Yeshiva World* NY1* WestFair Online* NewsDay* News 12 Westchester UPDATE: A fundraiser was started on December 1, 2017 to support this cause that has already raised over $4,500 from nearly 200 individuals making small donations. You can read more and also consider supporting us at

Monroe Mann
110,669 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to WFCW Block Club

Save 1441 Carmen from Demolition

The historic Queen Anne home at 1441 Carmen is under threat of demolition! One of the oldest (if not the oldest) properties on the block, this Victorian gem is the last of its kind on Carmen Avenue in Andersonville. It was built at the turn of the century on a double lot and offers valuable green space to the neighborhood. It’s a rare example of a building type which was more common in the area before the rapid development of Uptown/Andersonville in the 1910s and 1920s. To lose this structure would be to lose part of the beauty of the neighborhood. Most homes in the Andersonville area just west of Broadway and east of Clark are courtyard buildings, workers cottages, and two and three flats. 1441 Carmen is the only Victorian Queen Anne style house in the neighborhood. With the rise of popularity in Andersonville and Uptown, developers are coming in to purchase these homes, tear them down, and put up condo buildings possible in the same lot space, often building nearly from lot line to lot line. This is slowly but surely destroying the architecture of the neighborhood and what makes Andersonville so unique in Chicago. This house was rated Orange by the City of Chicago, meaning that it is a building which contains potentially significant architectural and historic details, and is of significance to the local community. Other Chicago buildings with the Orange designation include the Palmer House Hotel, Orchestra Hall, Chicago Athletic Club, and more. Currently, research is underway to learn more about the exact year of construction, architect, and former residents of the home. Please sign this petition to let your voice be heard that you are against the demolition of 1441 Carmen. Time has nearly run out on this historic house — it’s important that we do all we can to save it for future generations in the neighborhood. This petition will be presented to the Winona Foster Carmen Winnemac (WFCW) Block Club, the oldest block club in the city of Chicago, and handed to 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar’s office.  

Leyla Royale
1,811 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Ľubica Laššáková, Radoslav Ragač, PhDr. Štefan Škultéty

Stop the Deliberate Neglect of the Machnáč Sanatorium!

  *for English scroll down please* Monument modernej architektúry – liečebný dom Machnáč v Trenčianskych Tepliciach –  patrí k najhodnotnejším architektonickým dielam postaveným v Československu v medzivojnovom období a je vynikajúcim príkladom európskeho funkcionalizmu. Jeho autorom je významný pražský architekt Jaromír Krejcar (1895 – 1950). Architektonické riešenie tejto jedinečnej stavby je oslavou technologického a spoločenského pokroku. Zároveň táto stavba zhmotnila autorove ponímanie humanizmu. Liečebný dom Machnáč otvorili 1. júna 1932, v roku 1969 bol zaradený do prvého súpisu pamiatok na Slovensku, v roku 1996 ho vyhlásili za národnú kultúrnu pamiatku a v tom istom roku aj do prestížneho zoznamu najlepších stavieb modernej architektúry medzinárodnej organizácie DOCOMOMO. V roku 1997 privatizovali liečebné kúpele Trenčianske Teplice. Jednou z nehnuteľností prevedených do súkromného vlastníctva bol aj liečebný dom Machnáč. O päť rokov neskôr ukončil vlastník prevádzku liečebného domu kvôli avizovanej rekonštrukcii na hotel s vysokým štandardom. Investor však nechcel znížiť ubytovacie kapacity, čo by pri prestavbe pôvodne skromného vybavenia liečebného domu pre široké vrstvy vyžadovalo nielen zásadné zásahy do interiérov, ale aj masívne prístavby k pôvodnej architektúre. Tieto úpravy by nenávratne poškodili originálne dielo, oceňované aj v zahraničí. Krajský pamiatkový úrad Trenčín spolu s odbornými inštitúciami zo Slovenska aj zo zahraničia zorganizovali niekoľko stretnutí s investormi, na ktorých sa snažili nájsť kompromis a aj cez mnohé zahraničné príklady presvedčiť majiteľov o iných možných riešeniach. Vlastníci však zo svojich predstáv neustúpili. Od roku 2011, po zlyhaní posledných snáh presadiť zámery prestavať túto ikonu kolektívnej rekreácie na luxusný hotel, zvolili nový prístup, ktorý nie je možné nazvať inak, ako “vedomé a účelové chátranie”. Vlastníci ponechali pamiatku bez ochrany a starostlivosti. Liečebný dom vedome sprístupnili vandalom a z jeho interiérov zmizlo množstvo cenných predmetov a materiálov (kovové zábradlia, radiátory, elektrické a vodovodné rozvody, iné vybavenie), ktorých odcudzeniu v takom veľkom rozsahu bez vedomia majiteľov je len veľmi ťažké uveriť. Takéto správanie vlastníkov prirodzene vyvolalo odpor pamiatkového úradu, ktorý vyžadoval nápravu. Súčasne vlastníci pravidelne predávali či presúvali pamiatku na iné firmy, aby sa vyhli povinnosti starať sa o objekt, či platiť pokuty. Od roku 2015, kedy bol Machnáč najzásadnejšie poškodený, sa jeho majitelia zmenili každý rok. Prieskum vlastníckej štruktúry týchto firiem však naznačuje, že sa jedná stále o tých istých ľudí, ktorí stáli už za privatizáciou kúpeľov v Trenčianskych Tepliciach. Všetky skutočnosti podporujú podozrenia odbornej verejnosti, že vlastníci vedome, v rozpore s viacerými zákonmi –  napr. § 27 ods. 1 a § 28 ods. 2, písm. a) a b) Zákona o ochrane pamiatkového fondu č. 49/2002 Zz. alebo § 248 ods. 1 a ods. 3 Trestného zákona č.300/2005 Z.z. –  zneužívajú svoje vlastníctvo so zámerom priviesť kultúrnu pamiatku do jej definitívneho fyzického zániku. Vlastníci sa zjavne usilujú vyťažiť len maximum financií zo svojej nehnuteľnosti a nezáleží im na zachovaní architektonického, historického a kultúrneho dedičstva, ktorého ochrana rovnako ako ochrana nášho prírodného dedičstva je zakotvená v týchto ustanoveniach Ústavy Slovenskej republiky: II. oddiel ústavy SR, čl. 20 (3) Vlastníctvo zaväzuje. Nemožno ho zneužiť na ujmu práv iných alebo v rozpore so všeobecnými záujmami chránenými zákonom. Výkon vlastníckeho práva nesmie poškodzovať ľudské zdravie, prírodu, kultúrne pamiatky a životné prostredie nad mieru ustanovenú zákonom. VI. Oddiel ústavy SR, Čl. 44 (2) Každý je povinný chrániť a zveľaďovať životné prostredie a kultúrne dedičstvo. (3) Nikto nesmie nad mieru ustanovenú zákonom ohrozovať ani poškodzovať životné prostredie, prírodné zdroje a kultúrne pamiatky. My, odborná verejnosť venujúca sa výskumu, ochrane a prezentácii kultúrneho dedičstva sme presvedčení, že vlastník svojím 16- ročným ignorovaním a pohŕdaním kultúrnymi hodnotami liečebného domu Machnáč preukázal, že nie je v jeho záujme ochraňovať a zveľaďovať túto národnú kultúrnu pamiatku. Keďže Pamiatkový úrad SR nevie zjednať v tejto veci nápravu, požadujeme, aby Ministerstvo kultúry SR zabezpečilo využitie možnosti, ktorú dáva  čl. 20 ods. 4 Ústavy Slovenskej republiky  a vo verejnom záujme národnú kultúrnu pamiatku  liečebný dom Machnáč vyvlastnilo podľa Zákona o vyvlastňovaní pozemkov a stavieb a o nútenom obmedzení vlastníckeho práva k nim č. 282/2015 Z. z. Iniciátori: Mgr. Art. Andrea Kalinová ArtD. fotografka, Abandoned (re)creation Mgr. Art. Martin Zaiček, architekt, člen DOCOMOMO International Mgr. Peter Szalay PhD. vedecký pracovník Oddelenia architektúry ÚSTARCH SAV, člen DOCOMOMO International   Signatári: prof. Dr. Ing. arch. Henrieta Moravčíková, vedúca Oddelenia architektúry ÚSTARCH SAV, predsedkyňa DOCOMOMO Slovakia PhDr. Katarína Haberlandová, PhD., vedecká pracovníčka Oddelenia architektúry ÚSTARCH SAV, člen DOCOMOMO International Doc. Ing. arch. Ľubica Vitková, PhD., dekanka Fakulty architektúry STU v Bratislave prof. Ing. arch. Pavel Gregor, PhD., prezident ICOMOS Slovensko prof. Ing. arch. Matúš Dulla, DrSc. vedúci Ústavu dejin a teorie architektury FA ČVUT v Prahe, člen DOCOMOMO International Jan Tabor, kritik architektúry, forum experimentelle architektur, Viedeň prof. PhDr. Rostislav Švácha, CSc., vedecký pracovník Ústavu dějin umění, AV ČR v Prahe, vedúci katedry dejín umenia, FF Palackého univerzity v Olomouci Ing. arch. Iveta Černá, riaditeľka Vily Tugendhat, Brno, člen DOCOMOMO International Mgr. Jindřich Chatrný, vedúci Oddelenia architektúry Muzeum města Brno doc. Ing. arch. Petr Vorlík, Ph.D. predseda DOCOMOMO Česká republika, pedagóg Ústavu dejin a teorie architektury FA ČVUT v Prahe Mgr. Denis Haberland,  kurátor zbierok úžitkového umenia, dizajnu a architektúry SNG Ing. arch. Pavel Paňák, architekt, hosťujúci profesor Fakulty architektúry STU v Bratislave Ing. arch. Martin Kusý, architekt, hosťujúci profesor Fakulty architektúry STU v Bratislave   Stop the Deliberate Neglect of the Machnáč Sanatorium! The Machnáč sanatorium ranks among the most precious works of architecture built in Czechoslovakia in the interwar period and is a significant representative of European functionalism. It was designed by the Prague architect Jaromír Krejcar (1895–1950). The architectural solution of this unique building is a celebration of technological and social progress, embodying its author's humanistic vision. The Machnáč sanatorium was first opened on June 1, 1932, included in the first register of national cultural heritage of Czechoslovakia in 1969, in year 1996 was listed as national cultural heritage of Slovakia and in the same year to the top register of the international organisation DOCOMOMO (Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement). In 1997, the health spa of Trenčianske Teplice was privatised. One of the properties transmitted to private ownership was the Machnáč Sanatorium building. Five years later, the owner ended the structure’s use as a medical sanatorium with plans to reconstruct it as a luxury hotel. Nonetheless, the investor wished to retain the same room capacity, which – for a building originally intended as a medical facility for the wider public at a modest standard – would have required not only significant interior alterations, but also massive additions to the original structure. These changes would have irreversibly damaged this original architectural work widely regarded abroad. The regional heritage protection office in Trenčín, along with professional institutions in Slovakia and elsewhere organised several meetings with the investor, where they strove to find a compromise and used many international examples to convince the owners of different possible solutions. The owners, though, did not change their concept in the slightest. Since 2011, after the failure of the final attempts to complete the plan to transform this icon of mass recreation into an exclusive hotel, they chose a new approach which cannot be described otherwise than as “conscious and deliberate neglect”. The owners left this protected landmark empty without any guards or caretakers. Deliberately, the structure was left open to vandals and many valuable items and materials disappeared from the interiors (metal railings radiators, electrical wiring and water pipes, various other fittings) to such an extent that it is hard to believe the owners were unaware of the thefts. This “administration” by the owners led to opposition from the heritage office, which demanded rectification. More recently, the owners have regularly transferred or shifted ownership of the building to other firms to avoid the requirement of taking care of it, or paying fines for its neglect. As of 2015, when Machnáč suffered the worst damage, its owners have on paper changed every single year. However, examination of the ownership structure of these firms makes it clear that the parties involved are the very same individuals who had a hand in the original privatisation of the health spa in Trenčianske Teplice. All of these circumstances support the suspicion of the architectural and heritage communities that the owners are deliberately misusing their ownership rights with the aim of bringing this registered heritage building to definitive physical destruction. Evidently, the owners are hoping solely to extract the maximum financial profit from their property, and care nothing for the preservation of architectural, historic or cultural heritage, the protection of which is anchored, along with the protection of natural heritage, in the legal framework of the Constitution of the Slovak Republic. We, as professionals working in the field of research, protection and presentation of cultural heritage, are convinced that the owner in the 16-year-long disregard and contempt for the cultural values of the Machnáč Sanatorium has shown a lack of interest in protecting and improving this nationally registered heritage site. Since the Heritage Institute of Slovakia has so far been unable to arrange for rectification, we call upon the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic to ensure the use of the possibilities granted by Article 20, paragraph 4 of the Slovak Constitution, and in the public interest of saving a national heritage site to assume ownership of the Machnáč Sanatorium per the Act on Eminent Domain for Land and Buildings and the Necessary Limitation of Ownership Rights Thereto, no. 282/2015 Coll.   Initiators: Mgr. Art. Andrea Kalinová ArtD., Photographer, Abandoned (re)creation Mgr. Art. Martin Zaiček, Architect, Member of DOCOMOMO International Mgr. Peter Szalay PhD., Member of the Scientific Board at the Department of Architecture of the Institute of Construction and Architecture, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Member of DOCOMOMO International   Signatories: prof. Dr. Ing. arch. Henrieta Moravčíková, Head of the Department of Architecture of the Institute of Construction and Architecture, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Chair of DOCOMOMO Slovakia PhDr. Katarína Haberlandová, PhD. Member of the Scientific Board at the Department of Architecture of the Institute of Construction and Architecture, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Member of DOCOMOMO International Doc. Ing. arch. Ľubica Vitková, PhD. Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava prof. Ing. arch. Pavel Gregor, PhD. President of ICOMOS Slovakia prof. Ing. arch. Matúš Dulla, DrSc. Head of the Institute of History and Theory of Architecture CTU in Prague, Member of DOCOMOMO International Jan Tabor, architecture critic, forum experimentelle architektur, Vienna prof. PhDr. Rostislav Švácha, CSc., Member of the Scientific Board at the Institute of Art History Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, The Faculty of Arts, Head of the Department of Art History, Palacký University Olomouc Ing. arch. Iveta Černá, Director of Vila Tugendhat, Brno, Member of DOCOMOMO International doc. Ing. arch. Petr Vorlík, Ph.D. Head of DOCOMOMO of the Czech Republic, Pedagogue at the Institute of History and Theory of Architecture CTU in Prague Mgr. Jindřich Chatrný, Head of Department of architecture, Brno City Museum Mgr. Denis Haberland, Curator of the Collections of Architecture, Slovak National Gallery Ing. arch. Pavel Paňák, Architect, Guest Professor at Faculty of Architecture, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava Ing. arch. Martin Kusý, Architect, Guest Professor at Faculty of Architecture, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava    

abandoned (re)creation
2,931 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Chicago Bungalow Association

Stop destroying Chicago Bungalows: support sensible second story additions #StopThePop

An onslaught of developers are threatening Chicago's iconic bungalows by tearing off the entire upstairs levels and replacing them with full second stories in lieu of sensible additions. These “bad” additions, aka "pop tops," destroy the architectural/aesthetic value of homes and streetscapes, as well as neighbors' property values. The inferior materials and methods used are short-lived and structurally overwhelming; a complete contrast to bungalows themselves, which were built to last for many decades. There are ways to expand bungalows with second story additions that are compatible to the original building in style and proportion. Sensible additions can provide an equally full, high-ceiling expansion of space, and are pleasing to the surrounding neighborhood and environment. The Chicago Bungalow Association (CBA) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to helping homeowners maintain, preserve and adapt their unique Chicago bungalow, an indelible part of the City's landscape. On behalf of CBA's staff, our 16,000 members and the 80,000 Chicago bungalows, we have created the #StopThePop campaign in an effort to protect Chicago bungalows from this destructive trend. With your support, we hope to achieve the following: 1)      Educate developers and the public on "good" vs. "bad" additions through campaign-driven seminars, panels, fact-sheets and a comprehensive set of Design Guidelines for additions. 2)      Provide homeowners with direct access to qualified and affordable architects, engineers and contractors experienced in creating sensible second story additions. 3)       Bring awareness to Aldermen and the City of Chicago Department of Buildings through our campaign petition, homeowner testimonials, and statements of support from neighborhood organizations. We are just getting started and need you to join our efforts by signing this petition and sharing it with your family, friends, and neighbors. Stay up-to-date on #StopThePop by visiting Do not hesitate to email your thoughts and ideas in strengthening this campaign. 

Chicago Bungalow Association
1,352 supporters