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Governor Cuomo Announces Former Governor Pataki Support for New Tappan Zee Bridge

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Albany, NY (August 8, 2012)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced support from former New York Governor George Pataki for current plans to build a new bridge to replace the Tappan Zee.


Former Governor George Pataki said, "I know first-hand the urgent need for a new and safer bridge to replace the deteriorating Tappan Zee. The current span is dangerous, congested and an impediment to economic growth in Westchester and Rockland counties. Simply repairing the bridge is not worth the continued investment and it is more cost effective to build a new, state-of-the-art bridge. A new bridge will not only be more secure and reduce traffic congestion, but will also create thousands of good jobs for New Yorkers in the Hudson Valley. I support the Governor in his effort to build a new transit-ready Tappan Zee bridge."


"I thank the former Governor for his support as we move forward with our plans to build a stronger, safer transit-ready bridge," said Governor Cuomo. "Governor Pataki knows how critical it is for the safety of drivers and the economic strength of the Hudson Valley that we build a new bridge."


New Yorkers can see toll options, submit questions and concerns about the project through or call 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 Tappan Zee project, and New Yorkers can receive updates by following @NewNYBridge.