Cuomo Warns Local Officials To Not Stop Progress on New TZ Bridge

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo today urged dissenters of the new Tappan Zee Bridge to not stand in the way of getting the bridge built, saying the controversy over the design shouldn’t stall its construction.

Cuomo said people can have disagreement, but they should come to a consensus to move forward on the $5 billion bridge.

“The question is do you allow the opposition and the controversy to defeat the project or not?” Cuomo said on 1300-AM (WGDJ) in Albany, “because if controversy always wins, we build nothing.”

Cuomo was responding to concerns by local leaders in the Hudson Valley that the new bridge between Rockland and Westchester counties should be equipped with rapid transit for buses and rail service.

The county executives in Rockland and Westchester earlier this month delayed a critical vote to approve plans for the new bridge, saying they need more information about its design.

The executives halted a vote by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, and the project can’t move forward without the council’s sign off.
Cuomo has vowed to build the new bridge, making it a key symbol of his administration’s focus on jobs and improving the state’s crumbling infrastructure. The
Tappan Zee bridge was built in the mid-1950s and has outlived its usefulness.

“There is going to be legitimate differences of opinion,” Cuomo said, “and you want a process that says ‘Yes, we’re a democracy and let’s talk about it. Let’s discuss it.’ … But then let’s decide and do something – because the alternative is to do nothing.”

Cuomo said the new bridge would be built to accommodate bus and rail service in the future. But building it as part of the initial project would double its cost, the Democratic governor said.

He added that Westchester and Rockland aren’t even equipped to have bus and trail service from the bridge. He cited the troubled reconstruction of Interstate 287, the Westchester artery from the bridge, and he praised a Journal News investigation last year revealed that work is years behind schedule and $78 million over budget.

“They just finished redoing, the Department of Transportation, in what was a really horrific project that went on for a decade,” Cuomo, who lives in New Castle, Westchester County, said. “And the Journal News did a great story on how inefficient it was.”

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  1. What? The NYS Governor ” CuomoWarnsLocal OfficialsToNot StopProgress on New TZBridge…” Wow!

    Well! The Governor is wrong to say that! It’s not what are “The Constitutional Duites” of a State Governor! Nay…….And, here is HOW I LOOK AT IT! It’s a Two Fold Matter…

    (1 ) The Governor is ” desperatly trying to Prove his Loyalties to The President who.Party he belongs and is doing that over the board! This is now stinking upto Westchester! May be he is Far%ing for the ” $$$” Construction because … AND THAT BRINGS US TO.THE SECOND FOLD of this Comment!

    (2) Co-incidently The TWO COUNTIES in between where the New Bridge is expected BOTH THE COUNTY EXECUTIVES ( in Westchester and Rockland ARE REPUBLICANS!

    Now! do the Math! ….. Although! ” the warning part is beneath the Status of The Office of Governor!

    But! Only Spitizers and Cuomos can do this!..

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