Critics push back against move to name new TZB after Mario Cuomo

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As the new Tappan Zee Bridge gets closer to completion, the controversy grows over what to name the $4 billion span.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day is pushing back against a move by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to name the replacement bridge after his late father, former three-term New York Gov. Mario Cuomo.

Former New York Gov. Malcolm Wilson's name was added to the Tappan Zee Bridge in the early 90s, thanks in large part to a strong push by Gov. Mario Cuomo, but even Wilson's family is opposed to naming the new span after Cuomo.

Wilson’s daughter, Katherine Wilson Conroy, says she admires Gov. Mario Cuomo, but thinks her father, who was a lifelong Yonkers resident, deserves to have his name remain on the new span.

"I would like to see something appropriate be named after Mario Cuomo...something appropriate for him as a man who found his roots in Queens...as my father found his roots in Westchester,” she says.

There have also been calls to name the new bridge after a veterans group or Sept. 11 victims.

The new Tappan Zee Bridge is expected to completed in 2018.

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