(August 6, 2012)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced further support from elected officials in Westchester and Rockland Counties for current plans to build a new bridge to replace the Tappan Zee.
“As we continue a productive dialogue with the impacted communities in the Hudson Valley and move forward in our plans to build a safer and transit-ready bridge, support for a new bridge continues to grow,” said Governor Cuomo. “The choice is clear: Instead of paying more for the same bridge, it’s time to invest in a new bridge that will create jobs, reduce congestion and give the region a real transit option.”
“The Governor’s plan has my support. This is a critical project for our region, not only to improve travel but also to bring in thousands of high quality jobs for local workers at a time too many people are struggling to get through the recession,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano.
“I fully support the Governor’s proposal for a new Tappan Zee bridge that will include dedicated bus lanes on day one, and be ready for even more mass transit in the future,” said Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick.
“It is clear that the wisest choice is a new bridge, which will help relieve congestion, be safer for drivers and cost commuters little more than they would be paying for the old bridge with needed improvements. The Governor’s plan is the smartest option to meet the long-term needs of our regional economy and transportation system,” said White Plains Mayor Tom Roach.
“It makes no sense to spend good money after bad by throwing billions at an obsolete bridge with a limited lifespan. This is the right time to invest in a new, safer, transit-ready bridge that can serve our region and strengthen our economy for the long-term. That is why the Governor's plan is the best and most realistic way forward,” said New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson.
“After many years of talk but no action, I agree with the Governor that now is the time to proceed with a new bridge that will be safer and less congested, has the option to add public transit and will create thousands of much-needed jobs in our community,” said Mt. Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis.
“Rockland County commuters know all too well how difficult and frustrating it is to depend on the obsolete, over-crowded Tappan Zee, and given that repairs to the existing bridge would be almost the same cost as a new bridge, it is clear that the Governor’s plan for a new, transit-ready bridge with express bus lanes from day one is the smartest option,” said Rockland County Legislature Chairwoman Harriet Cornell.
“Doing nothing is not an option for the Tappan Zee, and it simply does not make sense to continue to spend tollpayer dollars on an obsolete, overcrowded bridge. It’s time for us to move forward with the Governor’s plan for a new, better bridge that will include commuter bus lanes from the day it opens and also be ready to handle our future transit needs,” said Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski.
New Yorkers can see toll options and submit questions and concerns about the project by visiting www.NewNYBridge.com or calling the toll free number, 855-TZBRIDGE. The website also features videos of the community meetings and a database of all documents created over the last 10 years on the Tappan Zee Bridge. A Twitter account has been set up for the Tappan Zee project, and New Yorkers can receive updates by following @NewNYBridge.