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NY governor: Bridge-naming backlash is 'personally hurtful'

FILE - This photo from Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 shows north and southbound traffic crossing the completed span of the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in Tarrytown, N.Y. A petition with 75,000 signatures on change.org seeks to keep the familiar old name for the span north of New York City, the Tappan Zee. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a petition to take his late father's name off a suburban New York City bridge is "personally hurtful."

The state legislature voted in June to name the new $4 billion Hudson River bridge between Westchester and Rockland counties the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

A petition with 75,000 signatures on change.org seeks to keep the familiar old name -- the Tappan Zee Bridge.

According to the Journal News , the Democratic governor also calls the petition "mean" and "vindictive."

He's blaming a conservative group.

Reclaim New York says it's not behind the drive, though it has promoted the petition.

The group says residents are "sick of backroom deals."

The first span of the bridge opened in August and the second span will open next year.

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Information from: The Journal News, http://www.lohud.com

AP-WF-11-17-17 1308GMT

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