It was to be a modest affair, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in advance of Thursday’s ceremony to mark the opening of the first span of the $4 billion replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River.
He wants to save the real “celebration” of the new bridge for next year, Cuomo had told USA Today Network’s Albany bureau.
But the event Thursday was far from “low key.”
Cuomo drove a yellow 1955 Corvette to the ceremony before the assembled state, federal and local politicians, as well as members of his family. And as he drove across new, four-lane span, a marching band played Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'.”
After a series of speeches by others, Cuomo wrapped up the event with remarks – 2,918 words in all. Afterward, his office posted video images of Cuomo, shot via a drone, driving across the span.
Cuomo wants the “official” ceremony of the new new bridge next June to coincide with the birthday of his late father, Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, for whom new bridge is named after. That name came courtesy of a legislative push this past June by the current governor.