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A Call to Rename the New Tappan Zee Bridge in Honor of Pete Seeger

by Megan Connor

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A Westchester County official wants to pay tribute to Pete Seeger's environmental efforts.

Folk musician and environmental activist Pete Seeger died yesterday.

Now a Westchester County official wants Albany to recognize Seeger's environmental work by renaming the new Tappan Zee bridge in his honor. Greenburgh town supervisor Paul Feiner says Seeger deserves the recognition for his tireless efforts to promote a cleaner Hudson River.

"A world class new bridge should be named for a world class environmentalist who made our region a better place."

Seeger founded the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater in 1969 to encourage cleaner waterways, long before others took on the cause. He used his music, like his song "My Dirty Stream," to push for a more environmentally friendly river.

The new Tappan Zee bridge, which will replace the current one, is expected to open in 2018.




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