Astorino calls on Cuomo to make new Tappan Zee a reality

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County Executive Robert P. Astorino called on Gov. Cuomo to make building a replacement bridge for the Tappan Zee a top priority.

“The time has come to invest real political capital in getting the replacement bridge built,” said Astorino, a Republican. “We can’t wait forever for a perfect solution.”

In a speech delivered yesterday at the Manhattan Institute’s Forum on Replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge,  Astorino said that years of study and planning are doomed to failure – not because the bridge could cost $9 billion or more, but because there has been insufficient leadership from the state on this issue to overcome political, legal and environmental obstacles.   This leadership, he said, must come from the governor “because he, more than anyone else, controls the levers and resources of government to get the job done.”

“My pledge to Governor Cuomo is that I am ready to stand with him,” Astorino said. “I am willing to invest whatever political capital I can bring to getting a new bridge built. But we must make the rebuilding a priority. Otherwise, the future will be filled with nothing but more expensive studies, more traffic congestion, more bureaucratic delays and more growing safety concerns.”

The three-mile long Tappan Zee Bridge, connecting Westchester and Rockland counties, was built 55 years ago. A Draft Environmental Impact Statement is expected to be released this fall by the three state agencies jointly conducting the Tappan Zee Bridge/I-287 Corridor Project. This draft will present an analysis of potential impacts of replacing the bridge with a new 8-lane crossing that will also have separate lanes for bus rapid transit, lanes for pedestrians and bicyclists as well as the capacity to add commuter rail.

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  1. THE_MAD_BOMBER on

    UNFORTUNATELY, I THINK THAT THE TZB WILL WIND UP COLLAPSING DOWN INTO THE HUDSON BEFORE THE NERDS IN ALBANY HAVE A NEW BRIDGE BUILT.

  2. Astorino cant talk about his “gloom and doom deficit” since Westchester declared a $67.8 million SURPLUS (more money received than spent )

    So he now talks about the T Z Bridge that has been rotten for the last 25 years and everyone talks about when another piece of deck crumbles off and falls into the river.

  3. Isn’t the Manhattan Institure that Ed McMahon bogus Big Business front to crush worker’s rights, remove good pensions, claim bankruptcy of governments, while steering politicians to give more and more contracts to Big Business entities?

    Such as that payroll fiasco outside contract for NY City govt. that is bulging with cost overruns and outright fraud by the contractors.

  4. If McMahon had been running this State instead of Pataki and Paterson, NY would be an economic powerhouse by now compared to the rest of the country.

  5. I would honestly be surprised to see them anywhere past saying “we need to replace this bridge” before the year 2020.

  6. Rockland does not want a new bridge………..it will only bring more people and make us a new borrow of NYC….no thank you……………….keep your new stinking bridge and your big city ways…..we like Rockland and the way it is….we do not want to live like the people in Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Staten Island……………