Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the appointment of Brian Conybeare to the position of Special Advisor for the Tappan Zee Bridge. Mr. Conybeare will serve as the liaison for the Governor to Hudson Valley residents and businesses. As such, he will be located in the Hudson Valley on full time basis conducting the day-to-day meetings with local community and business leaders, and working with Secretary to the Governor Larry Schwartz, who Governor Cuomo recently appointed to oversee the Tappan Zee Bridge project. Mr. Conybeare will play an important role in ensuring that the issues raised by residents involving the $5 billion project are heard and resolved.
"After more than ten years of gridlock surrounding the Tappan Zee Bridge project, we are moving forward to finally build a new, safer bridge for the Hudson Valley," said Governor Cuomo. "As we continue to make progress, Brian Conybeare will help connect my administration with residents and the business community. Mr. Conybeare has an extraordinary background in journalism and is familiar with the many facets of this complex project. In his role, he will help ensure that affected communities are provided the information they need and that concerns are properly addressed. Together, we will build a bridge that serves all of Hudson Valley."
Mr. Conybeare said, "I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for giving me the opportunity to participate in this significant project. The New Tappan Zee Bridge will be a testament to New Yorks workforce and innovation under Governor Cuomo. I look forward to working with the Governor and his team to ensure that the new bridge is constructed through a transparent and inclusive process."
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Conybeare was an anchor for the News 12 Evening Edition. He was also a co-anchor on the weekly political talk show "Newsmakers" and hosts the stations local election debates and live town meetings.
Mr. Conybeare is an award-winning reporter, most recently receiving a 2011 New York Emmy Award for his exclusive story on a parking ticket scam called "Rental Rip-off." In 2009, Brian won a national award from the Society of Professional Journalists. His ground-breaking reporting on corruption in the promotions department of the Yonkers Raceway Casino led directly to a criminal probe and three arrests. It also won him the highly respected Sigma Delta Chi Award from the SPJ. He has also been honored with two other New York Emmy Awards, five Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards, and five New York Associated Press Broadcast Awards.
Mr. Conybeare received a Bachelors Degree in Communications from the University of Michigan and a Masters Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from New York University. He currently resides in Eastchester with his wife Janna and their four children.
After ten years of delay, the movement to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge is finally underway under the leadership of Governor Cuomo. The project will build a new bridge that will be safer, transit ready and, in the process, will create over 45,000 jobs. Representatives of the Governors office are presenting plans to local communities to receive feedback on the project. Mr. Conybeares appointment will help further the dialogue and feedback between the Governor, local business representatives and residents of the Hudson Valley community.