Senator James Skoufis (D-Hudson Valley) is now the prime sponsor of a bill (S.4558) that would return the Tappan Zee name to the well-trod bridge in Rockland County. In 2017, then-Governor Cuomo inserted a proposal to rename the bridge after his father into a larger bill without seeking any feedback or public discourse. The renaming has stuck in the craw of Hudson Valley residents ever since.
“The long and short of it is our former Governor jammed this change down the throat of the Legislature and the entire Hudson Valley,” said Skoufis. “This has been a pain point for my constituents, and I’m proud to lead the charge to return the Tappan Zee name back to its rightful place.”
The bipartisan bill was first introduced by former Senator Mike Martucci (R-New Hampton), who represented much of Senator Skoufis’ new Orange County district. Needing a new Senator to introduce the legislation this year, Skoufis agreed to champion the bill in the current session.