Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge signs missing middle initial to be fixed, replaced

Andrew Weber
August 16, 2019 - 1:51 pm
Mario M. Cuomo Bridge

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Dozens of signs identifying the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge will be changed or replaced because they are missing the late three-term governor’s middle initial.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is in the process of fixing the signs to make sure they all correctly label the $4 billion bridge connecting Westchester and Rockland counties.

The "M" stands for Matthew.

The current governor is the son of the bridge’s namesake.

The bridge replaced the Tappan Zee Bridge, which was shut down in 2017 and removed from the Hudson River in 2019.

Taxpayers will cover the cost of fixing the signs, as they covered the cost of placing the new signs up when the new bridge opened in 2017.

The state Department of Transportation will alter existing signs, while the Thruway Authority will replace its affected signs.

Dr. Monroe Mann, of, a campaign to restore the name of the bridge to the Tappan Zee scoffed at the campaign to spend taxpayer money on changing the signs, telling CBSNew York, “As if there are 20 other Mario Cuomos that people might confuse the signs are referring to, but it’s just evidence of the arrogance and nepotism, ego and the vanity of spending all of our money.”

It is not clear who is to blame for the incorrect signage.

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