Bear Mountain Bridge Has a New Name

The Bear Mountain Bridge that connects Putnam and Westchester Counties to Orange and Rockland has been renamed the Purple Hearts Veterans Memorial Bridge.

In June, the bill that changed the name was passed by the state Legislature. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed it into law Tuesday, according to Lohud.

Naming the bridge to honor Purple Heart recipients is tied in part to the changing of the name of the Tappen Zee Bridge

In May 2017, Senate passed a bill to name the replacement Tappen Zee as the "Purple Heart Memorial Bridge".

However, a month later, Cuomo led an effort to name the bridge after his late father, Gov. Mario Cuomo.

The legislature then passed a bill to name the old and new Tappen Zee Bridge as the gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge, which is fully opened now.