News Tappan Zee Bridge rechirstened for Mario Cuomo By Ivan Pereira email@example.com @IvanPer4 June 29, 2017 9:29 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The new Tappan Zee Bridge is still months away from its grand opening, but it’s already been dubbed a familiar name. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Thursday that will rename the $4 billion dual span structure after his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo. The State Legislature approved the proposal during their special session which also included an extension of mayoral control of the city’s public school system. Andrew Cuomo pressed for the name change to honor his father’s legacy, despite some pushback from Westchester and Rockland country leaders. The elder Cuomo died two years ago. The first span of the new bridge is slated to open sometime this year and the second span is expected to open next year. The original Tappan Zee, which opened in 1955, will be torn down. By Ivan Pereira firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.