Ex-gov kin: Dou­ble-crossers!

New York Post - - NEWS -

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 e Amer­i­can tribe, and zee is the e 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. Kirstan Con­ley

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