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Missing middle initial from signs leading to new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge will be added in at taxpayer and toll payer expense


The new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge — still known to many as the Tappan Zee — carries the New York Thruway over the Hudson River between Rockland and Westchester counties. (Kevin Coughlin/AP)

The missing "M" stands for money.

The state is fixing dozens of signs for the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge because they omitted the former governor’s middle initial.

The state refuses to say what it will cost to add the ‘M’ — it stands for Matthew — to the Cuomo bridge signs. A state Department of Transportation spokesman told the Journal News, which first reported the repair, that it would have to file a Freedom of Information Law request to find out.

The nearly $4 billion bridge, which spans the Hudson River between Westchester and Rockland counties, opened last year and replaces the former Tappan Zee Bridge — which was formally called the Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge.

Wilson was governor for a year, from December 1973 to December 1974. His real first name was Charles, but that didn’t figure in the bridge’s name.

Changing highway signs isn’t cheap. It reportedly cost the state $4 million in 29008 to change the formal name of New York’s Triborough Bridge to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed to name the new bridge after his father despite objections from Wilson’s family and many Rockland and Westchester county residents.

With Wire Services