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Governor Cuomo Announces Widespread Support From Elected Officials in Rockland and Westchester for New Bridge to Replace the Tappan Zee

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Albany, NY (August 8, 2012)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced widespread support from state and county legislators and other elected official in Westchester and Rockland Counties for current plans to build a new bridge to replace the Tappan Zee.

 

"Throughout Westchester and Rockland, more and more elected officials support the plan to replace the Tappan Zee, because they recognize that building a new bridge is the smartest option," Governor Cuomo said. "The new bridge will be safer and less congested and will have dedicated commuter bus lanes from the day it opens, and the project will create thousands of jobs across the region."

 

"After many years of broken promises and bureaucratic inaction, I support Governor Cuomo's plan to move forward with a new bridge to replace the venerable Tappan Zee. This project will create a safer, less-congested bridge, it will be ready to handle mass transit, and create 45,000 jobs in communities that are still struggling from financial hard times. Let's get it done!" said State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson.

 

"After more than a decade of idle talk, we must act now to address our region's long-term transportation needs. Governor Cuomo's plan to build a smarter, safer, transit-ready bridge is the best way to proceed, especially when the alternative is to spend billions on an already-obsolete bridge," said State Senator Jeff Klein.

 

"Governor Cuomo's plan for the Tappan Zee Bridge is a huge economic boost for our region. Building this new bridge now will create tens of thousands of jobs at a time when we need them most. The presentation by the Governor's team also demonstrates a clear commitment to the long term transit needs of the region, with the creation of a state of the art bridge that will be transit-ready on day one. I am proud to support the Governor's plan for a new bridge," said State Senator William J. Larkin, Jr.

 

"It is vitally important that we proceed with Governor Cuomo's plan to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge now. It makes far more sense to spend limited funds on the new bridge, which will be wider, safer for drivers, and large enough for mass transit options, than to pour billions of dollars into the obsolete structure. We may miss the opportunity to move forward if we delay now," said State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer.

 

"All of us in government need to be innovative and forward looking, and the Governor's Tappan Zee bridge replacement plan is both: It's a new, transit-ready bridge that will be safer and less congested, with the potential to serve our region's transportation needs into the next century," said State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

 

"The best way to provide relief to Tappan Zee commuters is to move forward now with Governor's Cuomo plan to build a new, safer bridge that will have express bus lanes from the day it opens and will be built to accommodate any mass transit options our communities decide to pursue in future years. I support the Governor's plan to build the bridge now and commend him for his response to the needs of the communities in Rockland," said Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee.

 

"We must make wise investments in our transportation infrastructure now for the long-term economic well-being of Westchester and the entire region, and that is exactly what Governor Cuomo proposes to do with a new bridge to replace the Tappan Zee. Those who use the bridge will see eased congestion and safer conditions, but all of us will benefit from the jobs and economic activity that the new bridge will create," said Assemblyman George Latimer.

 

"Whether or not we build a new crossing to replace the Tappan Zee, billions in tollpayer dollars will be spent to maintain this vital transportation link. The Governor's plan recognizes that the smartest option is to build a new bridge that is wider, safer and able to accommodate whatever mass transit make sense for the region in the coming years," said Assemblymember Amy Paulin.

 

"Governor Cuomo's plan to replace the Tappan Zee recognizes that the existing bridge can never effectively serve the transportation needs of our communities and the region. The new bridge will be safer and less congested and built to accommodate mass transit, and the project itself will create thousands of much-needed jobs," said Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow.

 

"We are at a critical moment for Rockland County bridge commuters and all who use the Tappan Zee, and it is clear that the smartest way to proceed now is with Governor Cuomo's plan to build a new bridge with increased capacity, safer roadways, commuter bus lanes and the ability to add mass transit later," said Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato.

 

"A safer bridge - with express bus capacity and the ability add mass transit - will benefit all who live and work in Westchester and throughout the Hudson Valley. Governor Cuomo's plan to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge will also create thousands of construction jobs, which will provide economic support to our communities," said Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins.

 

"Doing nothing is not an option for the Tappan Zee, and I support Governor Cuomo's plan to build a new bridge that will be safer, less congested, and built to handle mass transit. There have been too many years of inaction. Now is the time to move forward with this vital project," said Westchester County Board of Legislators Vice-Chair Lyndon D. Williams.

 

"Residents of Rockland County are all too familiar with the shortcomings of the Tappan Zee, and it would be a mistake to spend billions to refurbish the existing bridge. I am in support of Governor Cuomo's plan to build a new bridge, an investment in our region's future that will make the crossing less congested and less hazardous, and ensure that mass transit options can be added in the coming years," said Rockland County Legislator Christopher Carey.

 

"I support Governor Cuomo's plan to build a new bridge to replace the Tappan Zee because it recognizes that while we cannot ignore vital infrastructure needs, we also need to recognize fiscal realities. It would be a mistake to spend billions on an outdated crossing that will never offer what the new bridge will - less congestion, safer road conditions and the ability to add mass transit in future years," said Westchester County Legislator Catherine Borgia.

 

"We cannot wait any longer to address the Tappan Zee's many problems, and it is hard to see any upside in continuing to invest in the current structure. That is why I am supporting Governor Cuomo's plan to build a new bridge with commuter bus lanes from opening day as well as the ability to add mass transit options in the future. I am pleased that the plan also provides for extensive environmental protections throughout the duration of the project," said Westchester County Legislator Michael Kaplowitz.

 

"Making long-term investments in vital infrastructure will have a positive impact throughout the region, so I support Governor Cuomo's plan to replace the Tappan Zee. Safer driving conditions, less congestion and dedicated commuter bus lanes will benefit all who use the bridge, and the creation of thousands of jobs will help our communities thrive," said Westchester County Legislator Virginia Perez.

 

"We cannot wait any longer to address what is one of the most important transportation infrastructure issues in the region, and Governor Cuomo's plan to build a new bridge to replace the Tappan Zee is clearly the best way to proceed. The new bridge will be safer and less congested, and will allow us to expand our regional mass transit network in the coming years," said Westchester County Legislator William Ryan.

 

"Governor Cuomo's plan to replace the Tappan Zee with a new bridge is the best, smartest option for our communities and the entire region, and I strongly support the plan. For drivers, the new bridge will be less congested and safer. Express bus commuters will travel in dedicated lanes, and the bridge will be built to accommodate whatever mass transit options we pursue in the future," said Rockland County Legislator Ilan Schoenberger.

 

"We cannot ignore our critical infrastructure problems, and we cannot afford short-term fixes that set us up for bigger problems in the coming years. Governor Cuomo's plan to replace the Tappan Zee with a bridge that is wider, safer and built to handle mass transit is a long-term solution that will serve the region's transportation needs for generations," said Westchester County Legislator Mary Jane Shimsky.

 

"Governor Cuomo has advanced a smart and necessary plan to address the Tappan Zee, one of the region's biggest transportation headaches. Our best bet now is to build a new bridge that will be wider and safer, and will allow for expansion of our mass transit network in whatever way our communities decide," said Westchester County Legislator Bernice Spreckman.

 

"Governor Cuomo's plan to build a new bridge to replace the Tappan Zee will benefit our communities in so many ways. The new crossing will be less congested and safer, it will include dedicated commuter bus lanes from the day it opens, and the project will create thousands of much-needed jobs," said Westchester County Legislator Alfreda A. Williams.

 

New Yorkers can see toll options, submit questions and concerns about the project through www.NewNYBridge.com 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.

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