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.