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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: A fundraiser was started on December 1, 2017 to support this cause that has already raised over $7,000 from over 235 individuals making small donations to fund a full-blown advertising campaign. You can read more and also consider supporting us at www.GoFundMe.com/SaveTheTappanZee 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* NYStateofPolitics.com* 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 www.GoFundMe.com/SaveTheTappanZee

Monroe Mann
102,613 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Knoxville City Council, Mayor Madeline Rogero

Give Parkridge an Up or Down Vote on Historic Overlay!

Knoxville City Council is considering an important zoning change for Parkridge Community in East Knoxville, Tennessee. The proposed zoning change has been a matter of debate for over two years now, and Parkridge residents want and deserve a conclusion to this long-drawn process. Here's the background: Edgewood-Park City National Historic District falls mostly within Parkridge Community in East Knoxville, Tennessee and is a nationally significant testament to Knoxville's urban development history, from an 1890s streetcar suburb to its height as a post-war textile mill community. 25 years after earning designation as a nationally significant historic district, Parkridge's East side remained unprotected by local historic zoning overlay, with absentee owners literally running Knoxville's history into the ground, collecting rents or sitting on real estate but making precious little investment back in the community.  Thirty-two structures were lost. Many more remain threatened by neglectful absentee landlords miles distant from the community and the disrepair, blight, and crime issues linked to vacant, blighted residences and lots. (Details here: http://knoxmpc.org/edgewood-parkcity/) Contrasting Parkridge East side's deterioration with the Parkridge West side's stability, neighbors recognized the disparity and worked to bring local historic zoning protections to stabilize the East side. Since May 2015, neighbors have diligently petitioned City leaders to consider the issue and idea of protecting more of the remaining homes in Parkridge East with the one residential zoning overlay with a proven track record of saving homes: H1. We refuse to relent in our fight against blight and the absentee landlords, banks, holding and "limited liability" corporations that own 56% of the properties in the area we sought to bring local historic overlay protection. Fast Forward to November, 2017 2.5 years later, across scores of volunteer hours, public meetings, discussions, study, debate and deliberation by multiple advisory groups, the matter finally came before City Council on November 7, 2017, when Council approved the zoning change on first reading. Council was set to vote again on November 21.  On November 14, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero intervened in the process, advising Council to table the issue indefinitely, citing a need for "further discussion" and that "heated discussion" has made civic leaders "uncomfortable." (See the Mayor's Statement). What We Need from You Please help us tell Mayor Rogero and City Council that "discomfort" comes with the job of being an elected official. In an era of continuing resolutions, extensions, and re-certifications, whatever happened to "The Buck Stops Here?" The residents of Parkridge have done their civic duty over the past 2.5 years.  Please help us tell Mayor Rogero and City Council that enough is enough: it's time for City Council to give Parkridge a resolution to this zoning question that has embroiled the Parkridge Community in debate for over 2.5 years now. Up or down - we've all done our jobs as citizens.  Now it's time for our elected officials to do theirs. Whether you agree with the zoning change or not - please let City Council know "discomfort" with debate is not a reason to abdicate leadership - help us demand: Give Parkridge an Up or Down Vote!

Tanner Jessel
452 supporters