Vanderhoef Now Comfortable With Cuomo’s TZ Bridge Plans

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Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoef said today he’s prepared to support Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to build a new Tappan Zee Bridge, saying he sees a commitment from the administration toward the first phases of a rapid-transit system for the bridge.

Vanderhoef said he agrees with Cuomo’s position that it’s simply too expensive to immediately build a large-scale transit system along with the roughly $5 billion bridge. Cuomo said a bus-and-rail system could double the project’s cost.

“If it costs another $3 billion (for rapid transit), still we don’t have the money,” Vanderhoef said in an interview with Gannett’s Albany Bureau. “We don’t know how we are going to pay for the $5 billion (bridge). We are fiscally constrained to do much more, but if we think long term, even while we are doing something immediately, than I think it’s certainly a project to be supported.”

Vanderhoef’s support is critical. He and other Hudson Valley executives earlier this month delayed a vote of a regional transportation council on the bridge because they wanted more information about the project’s scope and cost.

And Vanderhoef’s support could isolate Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino, a fellow Republican who even as of yesterday said he couldn’t vote in favor of the bridge without additional details.

Barring any major surprises, Vanderhoef said he would be prepared to vote in favor of the project at the next meeting of New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, which will likely be held in September. The Republican county executive said an environmental impact statement on the bridge should be completed next month, while the four teams competing to build the bridge must submit their proposals by July 27.

The state may also have more information about the new toll structure by then, Vanderhoef said.

“Given the current information and the ongoing discussions, I think I would vote in favor of moving forward,” Vanderhoef said. “But that’s based on a whole lot of discussions, not a lot of information that I’ve received.”

Vanderhoef said he met last week with Cuomo’s top aide Larry Schwartz and Thruway Authority executive director Thomas Madison. And Vanderhoef said he spoke last week and yesterday with Cuomo, the Democratic governor.

“His message is he doesn’t want to have to spend another $5.2 billion on a BRT (bus rapid transit), and you know what? I agree,” Vanderhoef said. “You’re not going to do it now. But my message back is we need to think long term.”

Vanderhoef said he believes the Cuomo administration is thinking about the long-term needs of the bridge and the region’s transportation system. Cuomo has pledged that the bridge would be ready to have transit and bus lanes installed. And state officials last month said the new bridge would include exclusive bus lanes during rush hour, which would carry as many as 20,000 commuters each day.

About 138,000 cars and trucks cross the bridge each weekday. Vanderhoef said the commitment to dedicated bus lanes during rush hour was an important step forward.

“We still don’t have the information on the tolls. We don’t know how it’s going to be paid for. We’re anxious to know that,” Vanderhoef said. “But in the meantime, I see a new willingness of the state team, including the secretary to the governor, in working with us on it.”

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  1. HABIBHASAN-An American Storytellet on

    “Venderoff” is a very sensible Man and a Good County Executive!… his popularity was evident in the two times of additional charms unlike Cuccumbers or Avacados!….However! The Problem around him are AGAIN “THE INSIDERS AND THE MACYS COAT THIEVES OF BAGHDAD! The Many who Surround The Rockland County Executive are “bunch.of Henry Kissenger KOUSINS they are so hateful torwards and onevWho does not go to the SAME MOSQUE where A WORSHIPPER was BURNED! Guess what it was not a Mosque ACTUALLY it was a SYNAGOGUE! ….Now! we hear nothing about the status even talking about it! Why? Because the “BALL FELL IN THE FATHERS OF PROPOGANDA” ! THERE ARE MANY IN ROCKLAND COUNTY will do business with a WHITE MAN OR A BLACK MAN! BUT! O have gathered facts where THE KOUSINS will not even __” shakehand like s man” !

    May be they think that they are “superior” than ANYONE who does not SHUT DOWN MONSEY ON FRIDAY IN AMERICA! HOW they and the Gentleman Around The County Executive Insult and Behave has been PLAYING ON BIG SCREENS in Washington DC!
    NOW! LIKE ANY OTHER LEADER ( including President Obama) its the CIRCLES AROUND HIM WHO ARE THR BIGGEST HATE AND INSULTING MONGERS who have several Passports! And, they are the ones are the Real Problem and FACT FIND will emerge like Hecacabe emerged last elections from the Republican Party!

    THE NEW DIMENSIONS OF INTELLIGENCE is not to find out ” OK! this and this or that they did haunts the Oath of Trust that they have and holding for let’s say as a joke for 100 Years! Now, the 21st Century America needs to find out WHY DO THEY BEHAVE that way towards Honest, Educated and Caring forThe Country Individuals like the WAY they treated me?

    That is what’s going on until FINDING in London! Indicted to DC.!

    HABIBHASAN-An AMERICAN Storyteller.

  2. I am not sugarcoating the FACTS ON GROUND; How can “PRIVATE BENEFITING WHO KNOW HOW under the PRETEXTS of “Government Officials” what they call themselves” and ACTUALLY are “SO CALLED ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES!

    THEY HAVE NOT REPRESENTED ME ( True Story) including the Current and Former Rockland Senators! People have used ” their authority and Public Office ” calling me a ” TERRORIST” as they also called President Obama the SAME! And, the most loving part is ” those who are in authority did nothing”

    Why! May be ” that needs answers” what they did to me they are systematically doing to The United States of America!

    The Facts are all there from Disarming Germany to tonight! No one I’d reading it anymore! Why?

    NOW THIS WILL BE THE BEST when the HEADLINE NEWS READS:

    “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ( Plaintiff)
    versus
    THE COUNTY OF ROCKLAND”

    HABIBHASANM-An American Storyteller

  3. According to a News Report NEW YORK has the “Highest Numbers of Rats in Settlements in City Subway Lines!” LOL!LOL! LOL!

    DO.you have a Solution to stop the Infliction of Rates in in the US? Please Call First Amendment Trimite Control, Incorporated! LOL!

    HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller

  4. HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller on

    Does one has to be a ” ROCKLAND COUNTY Town Councilman to get a Huge Salary Job at Camp Venture?
    Does it normally happen that an Employee of Camp Venture stop visiting The Town Meeting once A Town Councilwoman get evaluation to The ROCKLAND COUNTY LEGISLATURE ( who use to bring Dunkin Dounets Coffee regularly for ONLY THAT EMPLOYEE also Stops Attending The Town Hall Meeting!

    Any idea! Why? Just the Cat was curious? Like the Rats are Curious about Me!… What goes around comes around! Under Equal Justice Under Law.

    The Justices of The US supreme Court say ” People critical of the Supreme Court; but no one brings a Law Suit…if there is something wrong! The FBI advertises ” SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING” but the Part of that COPY has missed a large ingredient of COPY WRITING it FAILS TO CONVEY “IF YOU SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING…BUT TO WHO IN NEW YORK?

    Well! I know ehatbI talk about otherwise I never waste my breath! …

    HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller