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So Long, Tappan Zee: Clinton, Cuomo celebrate opening of second span of Mario Cuomo Bridge

September 07, 2018 - 11:14 am

ALBANY, N.Y. (1010 WINS/AP) -- Hillary Clinton was among the guests of honor for the official opening of the second span of the Tappan Zee Bridge, now known as the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

The former secretary of state, Democratic presidential nominee, U.S. senator and Westchester County resident joined current Gov. Andrew Cuomo at Friday's event, which comes as crews wrap up work on the bridge's second span.

"To me, the tower symbolizes people standing with their arms outstretched toward the Heavens and looking up for strength and guidance," Cuomo said during the ceremony.

Cuomo drove his mother, Matilda Cuomo, across the span in a 1932 Packard owned by Franklin D. Roosevelt when he was governor of New York.

The bridge links Westchester and Rockland counties over the Hudson River. It replaces the old Tappan Zee Bridge, parts of which will live on as artificial reefs off Long Island.

The new bridge's first span opened last year, when the structure was named to honor Mario Cuomo, governor from 1983 to 1994 and father of the state's current chief executive. He died on Jan. 1, 2015.

Thruway officials say all four southbound lanes are scheduled to be fully opened by 7 a.m. Saturday.