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Published: 2014/01/29

NY State Legislature Encouraged To Name Bridge After Pete Seeger

Following the death of folk music legend Pete Seeger, Greenburgh, NY Town Supervisor Paul Feiner has announced that he will encourage the NY State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo to consider renaming the currently-under-construction replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge after the singer.

Seeger, a New York City native, has an extensive history of activism related to the Hudson River. The longtime Beacon, NY resident established the Clearwater Foundation, which is specifically concerned with cleaning up the Hudson. In 1969, Seeger launched a sloop called Clearwater, and traveled the then-severely polluted river to get commercial fishermen to join him in his quest to cleanse the water. The ship served as the inspiration for the Foundation, which works to educate the community about the importance of the river and the efforts that can be made to keep it clean. Thanks in no small part to Seeger’s work, NY legislature banned Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCBs) in the 1970s. A 200-mile portion of the river being was a clean-up site by the EPA, which began a still-ongoing project to dredge the riverbed to address remaining PCB contamination in 2001.

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cosmic chuck January 29, 2014, 15:30:40

The Tappan Seeger Bridge…nice ring

Bill S January 29, 2014, 15:49:33

Please sign the petition to encourage Gov Cuomo and the NY State Legislature to name the new Tappan Zee Bridge for Pete Seeger! https://www.change.org/petitions/gov-cuomo-name-the-new-tappan-zee-bridge-for-pete-seeger

Jeff Kent January 29, 2014, 16:48:29

I too thought this was a good idea, but it seems Pete declined having the Walkway over the Hudson named for him a few years ago. Until his family weighs in on the issue, I say we wait.

Dave Dudley January 29, 2014, 19:38:41

Tappan was the name of an American Indian tribe from the area, zee is the Dutch word for sea. The new bridge named after Pete Seeger would be a great honor.

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