Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched a new website, www.NewNYBridge.com, for the Tappan Zee Bridge Project as well as a toll free number, 855 TZBRIDGE, where New Yorkers can submit questions and concerns about the project. Members of the Governors administration also gave a presentation at a Westchester business briefing today, hosted by the Business Council of Westchester in White Plains that included a preview of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and a detailed outline of the Governors plan to build a new bridge. In addition, administration officials are holding a community meeting later today in Purchase that will feature a similar presentation.
These community meetings are an essential part of the process to build a newer, stronger bridge to for New Yorks future, said Governor Cuomo. The new website and toll free number will help my administration address the questions and concerns of New Yorkers. I look forward to hearing from Hudson Valley residents and businesses as we work together to make this project a reality.
The new website, www.NewNYBridge.com will feature videos of the community meetings, a database of all documents created over last 10 years on the Tappan Zee Bridge and a page where New Yorkers can submit their questions and concerns about the project. Hudson Valley residents can also receive updates on the Tappan Zee project by following us on Twitter at @NewNYBridge.
Since the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was published in January, the state has been working to get feedback from New Yorkers by conducting public hearings attended by over 1,100 people, reviewing and responding to 3,000 comments, and extending the comment period from 45 days to 60 days to get more feedback. The FEIS will be published next week.
In addition, members of the Governors administration stressed the importance of continued involvement from the Hudson Valley community. The state will commission a blue-ribbon design panel to work with the community on evaluating the general design criteria for the new bridge.
Governor Cuomo also appointed former News 12 anchor 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 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.