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More Democrats want the name of Mario Cuomo from the Tappan Zee Bridge

More Democratic lawmakers want to cancel Mario Cuomo — at least the name of the former three-term governor — from the span of the Hudson River that replaced the old Tappan Zee Bridge.

They said Tuesday it was wrong for the disgraced ex-government. Andrew Cuomo names the $4 billion Westchester-Rockland Bridge after his father as part of a backroom legislative deal in 2017 — without input from local voters.

“People want the name to be Tappan Zee Bridge. Renaming the bridge after Mario sneaked in and people had nothing to say,” said Rep. Chantel Jackson (D-Bronx), who attended a news conference in the state capital about the bridge’s renaming.

“I have nothing against Mario. But he’s a Queens boy. Bronxites also drive across the bridge.”

Jackson said renaming the bridge to its original name is about doing the right thing.

“This is a bipartisan effort. It’s not a Republican or Democrat thing,” she said.

Two Democratic Socialists – Brooklyn’s Emily Gallagher and Queens’ Zohran Mamdani – have also signed into law the bridge’s renaming bill, which was drafted by Rep. Michael Lawler (R-Rockland), who represents the communities around the bridge.

A general view of the Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge or the New Tappan Zee Bridge in Tarrytown, NY on September 29, 2021.
Former Governor Andrew Cuomo praised Governor Mario M. Cuomo’s construction of the bridge as one of his great accomplishments.
Christopher Sadowski

“With Andrew Cuomo in the early stages of a political comeback, it is clear that we must restore the Tappan Zee Bridge name immediately. Any delay is unacceptable and could prevent us from ever correcting this error,” Lawler said.

“In a recent legislative poll, over 90% of respondents in my district support restoring the Tappan Zee Bridge name. It reflects the diverse and rich history of Rockland County and honors both the Lenape Tappan tribe and the region’s early Dutch settlers.”

“I urge all my colleagues to support Bill [A.6594] and help us pass this law. With the threat of Andrew Cuomo looming, now is the time to make that change.”

A general view of a sign for the Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge as seen on October 15, 2021 in Suffern, NY.
State Assemblyman Michael Lawler believes Gov. Mario M. Cuomo’s name of the bridge will benefit Andrew Cuomo’s “political comeback.”
Christopher Sadowski

Former three-year Governor Andrew Cuomo considered the $4 billion construction and completion of the new Hudson crossing one of the crowning achievements of his tenure.

Meanwhile, Andrew Cuomo, who fell out of favor last August after a damning investigative report from Attorney General Letitia James’ office confirmed a string of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations made against him by women government employees, is in the midst of a PR -rehabilitation campaign and is considering a political comeback.

Former Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled Governor Mario M. Cuomo's bridge in Nyack, New York on September 7, 2018.
Former Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled Governor Mario M. Cuomo’s bridge in Nyack, New York on September 7, 2018.
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Cuomo runs TV ads claiming his innocence and makes public appearances.

Sexual harassment scandal aside, he is haunted by investigations into his handling of care homes during the worst of the coronavirus pandemic and is reportedly making money at taxpayer expense by writing a profitable book during the outbreak.

But removing Mario Cuomo’s name from the bridge is a steep climb.

While many Democrats have angered Andrew Cuomo for his transgressions, Papa Mario, who died in 2015, remains a popular figure in the party and others say he shouldn’t be punished for his son’s sins.

State Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs said it would be wrong and petty to remove Mario Cuomo.

“We tend to honor governors who have served the state well. Mario Cuomo
qualified,” said Jacobs. “I just drove through the Hugh Carey tunnel.”

He said lawmakers had more important things to do.

Matilda Cuomo touches a sculpture of her late husband Mario Cuomo with her son Andrew by her side.
New York’s Democratic Party leader Jay Jacobs defended former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo’s honor of being named after the old Tappan Zee Bridge.
Richard Harnus

“We should focus on positive things to help people. We should move
forward, not look back,” Jacobs said.

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office recently faced backlash after The Post revealed that Andrew’s mother, Matilda Raffa Cuomo, had been removed from the state’s website over a mentoring program she started. At Hochul’s behest, the state Office of Children and Family Services restored Matilda’s name, saying the Cuomo matriarch’s wiping out was an “accident”.

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