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NYS Assembly Approves Bill That Would Correct Spelling Of Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

June 20, 2018 - 8:08 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- The New York state Assembly on Wednesday approved a bill that would correct the spelling of the name of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

The name has been spelled wrong for more than 50 years.

The bridge, which connects Brooklyn with Staten Island, is spelled with one Z. It should have two Z’s for Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, who discovered New York Harbor in 1524.

The Assembly on Tuesday passed the bill, which also passed the state Senate earlier this month. Lawmakers inserted a provision which states road signs with the misspelled “Verrazano” name will be replaced only when they wear out.

The bridge's name has been misspelled for decades due to an error in the original construction contract.

The bill now heads to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's desk for review.

(© 2018 1010 WINS. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)