Albany, NY (August 7, 2012)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced additional support from state legislators and town supervisors in Rockland and Westchester Counties for current plans to build a new bridge to replace the Tappan Zee.
"Support for a new bridge to replace the obsolete Tappan Zee continues to grow as we meet with Hudson Valley residents to discuss why building a new crossing is the smartest option," said Governor Cuomo. "The new bridge will be safer, less congested and ready to handle mass transit, and the project will create much-needed jobs in the region."
"The facts are clear regarding the Tappan Zee: It makes no sense to continue to spend hundreds of millions of tollpayer dollars on a bridge that does not meet our needs now or in the future. Instead, it is time to proceed with Governor Cuomo's plan to build a new bridge that will serve our region's transportation needs into the next century. We have talked about this for fifteen years; the time for talking is over, it's time to build the bridge," said Assemblyman Robert Castelli.
"There is no simple solution to our region's 'Tappan Zee problem.' Either we spend billions to refurbish the existing bridge, or spend a little more to build a new, transit-ready crossing designed to handle more vehicles in a safer driving environment. The smart choice is obvious, and I support the plan to build a new bridge now," said Assemblywoman Sandy Galef.
"The best way to provide relief to Tappan Zee commuters is to move forward now with Governor's Cuomo plan to build a new bridge that will have commuter bus lanes from the day it opens and will be built to accommodate whatever mass transit options our communities decide to pursue in future years. This project will also create 45,000 much needed local jobs that would have great positive impact on our regional economy," said Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer.
"The smart and responsible option is to make a long-term investment by building a new, transit-ready bridge that will offer better service for bus commuters right away. Continuing to invest in the existing, obsolete bridge will be almost as costly and will not address the problems that Rockland County commuters face every day," said Ramapo Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence.
"Governor Cuomo's plan to replace the Tappan Zee will give drivers a less congested and safer way to cross the Hudson, and will support an estimated 45,000 much-needed jobs in our region. No other alternative offers these benefits for our communities," said Clarkstown Town Supervisor Alex Gromack.
"A thoughtful look at the options for the Tappan Zee makes it obvious that Governor's Cuomo's plan is the best way to proceed. It would be irresponsible to continue to spend hundreds of millions to maintain an obsolete bridge when we can make a wise long-term investment in a new, safer, transit-ready crossing," said Haverstraw Town Supervisor Howard T. Phillips.
New Yorkers can see toll options and submit questions and concerns about the project by visiting http://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.