–Ex-gov’s daughter joins Tappan Zee Bridge name change protest

November 15, 2017

The daughter of the late Gov. Malcolm Wilson — whose name was part of the official title of the old Tappan Zee Bridge — has joined tens of thousands in signing a protest petition to drop the Hudson River crossing’s new name honoring former Gov. Mario Cuomo.

“For the people who are now signing this petition, it is really about the Tappan Zee name, and, by the way, I think that’s not a bad idea at all [to change it back],” Kathy Conroy Wilson, the daughter of New York’s 50th governor, told The Post Tuesday.

Wilson is one of more than 54,000 people to sign the online petition titled “Return the Cuomo Bridge its original name: The Tappan Zee. That bridge is our history.”

The new $4 billion span officially dubbed the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge has replaced the old Tappan Zee between Westchester and Rockland counties.

The old crossing was officially renamed the Gov. Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge from the Tappan Zee Bridge in 1994 during Mario Cuomo’s administration.

Tappan referred to a local native American tribe, and zee is the Dutch word for sea.

Wilson noted that she would not be opposed to the bridge bearing the names of both Mario Cuomo and her father. – #1 News in a FLASH

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