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Should the New Hudson River Bridge Be Named for Pete Seeger?

7,518 people agree with Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner about the name for the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge. Some don't.

An online petition to New York state officials, asking them to name the new bridge being built from Nyack to Tarrytown after Pete Seeger, has collected more than 7,000 signatures. 

Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner has been keeping Patch updated on the petition's progress since he first called for the idea on Jan. 30. 

Seeger, who died Jan. 27, was deeply involved in the environmental movement to clean up the Hudson River, and was one of the founders of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and the annual music festival named after it.

But there are plenty of Patch commenters who disagree with the proposal. 

In response to Feiner's first post about it on Tarrytown Patch, Janet Carroll said she thought that a park would be more appropriate, given Seeger's involvement with Hudson Valley environmental causes. 

Meg Wilson said she was tired of the whole renaming bridges thing, citing the rebirth of the Triboro. 

Karen Ringen wasn't sure Seeger would be impressed with a bridge that didn't have mass-transit options. 

If any bridge is going to be named after Seeger, said Harris Bank, in response to one of Feiner's later posts updating people, it should be the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, since Seeger lived in Beacon. That bridge is already named after someone—Hamilton Fish. 

Check out the petition here.
Charleen Caulk February 06, 2014 at 01:01 PM
I agree with Steve. I do not think Pete Seeger would want the bridge named after him; the Walkway Over the Hudson is more in keeping with his personality. Maybe the money that would be spent naming the bridge after anyone could be donated to the Riverkeeper in Pete Seeger's name, to keep the Hudson clean.
StandfortheLord February 06, 2014 at 01:09 PM
Please don't even consider naming the new bridges after a known communist (even though it's already been collateralized to the communist Chinese against our debt). It would only rub our faces in more red doo doo.
New York Patriot February 06, 2014 at 01:41 PM
Hey, Chase Bank likes to have bridges named after them (Chase Bridges at Madison Square Garden). Maybe we can get them to "sponsor" the bridge. A corporate sponsor would defray the massive toll hike. Maybe Trump National Bridge.
The Merm February 06, 2014 at 02:08 PM
Since the bridge is only about 25 miles from lower Manhattan, how about calling it the 9/11 Heroes Memorial Bridge.
New York Patriot February 06, 2014 at 02:38 PM
Merm: While many, including I, would agree. It would certainly cause the nice, shiny new bridge to be the target of every jihadi terrorist on the globe. Probably why we didn't name the new WTC something similar. So, now we compromise and call it the Freedom Bridge or the Patriot Bridge.
Charleen Caulk February 06, 2014 at 02:50 PM
Why does it need a name? Tappan Zee is a perfect name. Tappan is from the Native American sub tribe of the Delaware/Lenni Lenape and Zee is from the Dutch meaning a sea or wide expanse of water.
philip biagioli February 06, 2014 at 03:36 PM
I feel the Pete Seeger is the way to go. How about the Dr. Hunter S. Thompson bridge?
Atom February 06, 2014 at 03:51 PM
QUESTION???did he leave all the money in his will to pay for this bride ??If so, then it should be..otherwise ... NO!
John Murray February 06, 2014 at 05:27 PM
." And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, which was going about a hundred miles an hour with the top down to Las Vegas. And a voice was screaming: "Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?"
New York Patriot February 06, 2014 at 05:37 PM
Long trip to Vegas from the TZ Bridge John. About 2550 miles and 41 hours of drive time.
Robert Guttman February 06, 2014 at 07:00 PM
Pete Seeger is without question one of the finest people this country ever produced. He did more to help the Hudson River than anyone, and never did any harm to anybody that I ever heard of. Therefore, I can't think of anyone more deserving of having a bridge across the Hudson River named after them than Pete Seeger, and that particularly goes to ALL politicians.
New York Patriot February 06, 2014 at 07:16 PM
Seeger was a far-left, liberal wing-nut. Name a nice park after him. Ronald Reagan, on the other hand, was without question the most popular president in modern times. The Ronald Reagan Memorial Bridge.
bill of rights February 06, 2014 at 08:34 PM
how about the tarrytown-nyack tappan zee crossing?
Ken McQuade February 06, 2014 at 08:54 PM
Welles Crowther memorial bridge now that has a nice ring. He did more in his last hour of life than most do in a lifetime.
StandfortheLord February 06, 2014 at 09:31 PM
"The Barack Obama Fair Share Bridge". "The Marxist Motorway" "The Communist Crossing" " The Working Families Bridge" "The Social Justice Span" "The New America Bridge" "The People's Bridge"
taba s February 06, 2014 at 10:29 PM
Are you kidding?!? Let's try something a little more real or historical....Washington Irving or something linked to the history of this town.
Maire B February 07, 2014 at 08:07 AM
Charleen has it right. Can't we keep the name, Tappan Zee Bridge, in the interest of this region's history? If anyone loves seeger so much, name a park further upriver after him. He would love that.
Chris Marengo February 07, 2014 at 09:11 AM
Yes. And while we are at it, let's name our HS the Chairman Mao H.S. Better yet, let's rename the Hudson River, the Stalin River.
John Murray February 07, 2014 at 09:11 AM
Quite happy for it to be named the Pete Seeger Bridge considering his championing for a healthy Hudson river. Disappoint to hear it is not going to terminate in Las Vegas. A commentary on the lowered expectations endemic to these times, no doubt.
Sol Lachman February 07, 2014 at 10:41 AM
I think the bridge should be named for me. I paid for part of it. Nah, too arrogant. How about naming it for the drunken boat driver who killed his friends by running into the barge? He gave everything for this bridge. Nah, bad taste in public policy is too common. Ya know, I think Charleen had the right idea. Let's call it the Tappan Zee. We've contemporized and destroyed so much American culture, maybe it's time to preserve some? Oh, no---that might lend support to Preserve Rockland and we wouldn't want to do that! Wait, I've got it! Let's name it for all of us and attack the Creationists at the same time! Let's call it the Chimp-Pan-Zee! I'm sure Pete Seeger would approve (it's so easy to speak for the voiceless isn't it?). Anyone for a counter-petition?
mike wilson February 07, 2014 at 10:56 AM
There are too many people worthy of having the bridge named for them (Washington Irving and James Fenimore Cooper come to mind). Let's just leave it the Tappan Zee.
John Murray February 07, 2014 at 04:42 PM
But then we'd have nothing to argue about, Mike W.
Atom February 09, 2014 at 12:16 AM
I say , call it the ROCK-CHESTER bridge...connects the two counties..very simple..no history, no political statement, and no debate over the name...it cost a ton of money when they changed the Triboro bridge to the RFK bridge...and for what???. Most ppl don't even know the name was changed and still call it the triboro..but the money they spent in sign changes and map changes was rediculous..another liberal naming bridge..enough of them...KISS method(keep it simple, stupid)
John Murray February 09, 2014 at 10:33 AM
Liberals naming bridges!
Tom February 09, 2014 at 11:27 AM
NYP Ronald Reagan Memorial Bridge. Most popular president in modern times? What times are you living in? He was the worst President ever. Good thing Nancy was by his side. Otherwise he would not know what was going on. She got it all from her fortune teller.
harris bank February 09, 2014 at 02:38 PM
Name the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge after Pete Seeger. That is where is spent most of his life residing there.
harris bank February 09, 2014 at 02:41 PM
the tappan zee bridge should stay with the present name in order to avoid geographical confusion for new people. There is a zee outline on the shore on the Nyack Side which you can observe on a clear day. If the Bridge has to have advertising the new name the funds will have to come from somewhere. so let us keep it the same the Pete Seeger bridge should replace the name of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge.
Robert Guttman February 10, 2014 at 02:12 PM
"harris bank February 09, 2014 at 02:38 PM Name the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge after Pete Seeger. That is where is spent most of his life residing there." Just for the record, the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge is already named after a public figure, Hamilton Fish.
James Adnaraf February 15, 2014 at 07:23 PM
Pete Seeger Memorial Bridge is fine with me. He was a communist very briefly, and youthful indiscretions should not be held against him. As to Tom saying Reagan was the worst President ever, that is his opinion, and I think he is wrong. But, Tom has established himself as a shill for the Democrats, so we should not be surprised.
harris bank February 17, 2014 at 02:58 PM
Mr. Guttman, if the bridge is named after Hamilton Fish why isn't it called that no sign no nothing???

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