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New York moves to correct decades-old bridge typo

By Ben Hooper

Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The governor of New York has signed a bill designed to correct a decades-old typo and fix the spelling of a bridge named for Giovanni da Verrazzano.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he signed a bill Monday to change the spelling of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which connects Brooklyn and Staten Island, to contain the extra "z" in the name of the Italian explorer who arrived at New York Harbor in 1524.

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"The Verrazzano Bridge is a vital transportation artery for millions of Staten Island and Brooklyn residents," Cuomo said in a statement. "We are correcting this decades-old misspelling out of respect to the legacy of the explorer and to New York's heritage."

The legislation will correct the spelling on signs as well as in a number of state statutes related to the bridge.

A statue of Verrazzano in Manhattan already features the correct spelling, as does a bridge over Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay.

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