In the wake of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resignation on Tuesday, Aug. 10, a slew of statements were issued by federal, state, county, and local elected officials.

Most of them expressed approval for the resignation, praise for the women who accused Cuomo of sexual harassment, and support for Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who will become the state’s first female governor.

The exceptions were the statements that excluded Cuomo’s name, including those from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Mondaire Jones, Westchester County Executive George Latimer, the Westchester County Board of Legislators, and Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano. Gillibrand mentioned the women who were harassed by Cuomo. The other statements expressed nothing more than support for Hochul.

Though the statements varied, they shared a message. Cuomo represents the past, Hochul represents the present, and neither the present nor the future will tolerate men who act as if the term “me too” does not exist.

About that bridge

One of Andrew Cuomo’s accomplishments was shepherding the construction of a new between bridge Nyack and Tarrytown — a section of the Hudson River still known at the Tappan Zee.

Traffic flows across the new bridge far better than its predecessor. Cyclists, runners, and walkers flow across it as well due to the path on the northern span with its six overlooks. In the evenings, LED light illuminate the bridge, often in colors that celebrate specific holidays and other special occasions.

The new bridge is a landmark. It’s only downside is its name, which resulted from Cuomo flexing his political muscle. Its name is a reminder of his ego. For that reason, the new bridge, like its predecessor, should share the name of the span it crosses.

 

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