Senate Votes to Name Tappan Zee Bridge After Mario Cuomo

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In this January photo, traffic flows on the Tappan Zee Bridge (R) as construction continues on the new bridge. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

New York’s Republican-controlled state Senate voted Wednesday to name the new Tappan Zee Bridge after the late Democratic Gov. Mario Cuomo, after Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan introduced the proposal Wednesday night shortly before his chamber adjourned. But the Democrat-led Assembly adjourned its 2017 session without taking up the bill.

Cuomo who was governor from 1983 through 1994 and died in 2015, was the father of current Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  Andrew pushed to get the replacement bridge built.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo attending a media conference in 2014, on a boat at the Tappan Zee Bridge. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The name of the current span linking Rockland and Westchester counties is the Gov. Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge. Wilson was governor for a year in 1973 after serving 14 years as lieutenant governor.