Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today further support from elected officials in Westchester and Rockland counties for plans to build a replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge.
“As we continue a productive dialogue with the impacted communities in the Hudson Valley and move forward in our plans to build a safer and transit-ready bridge, support for a new bridge continues to grow,” Cuomo said in a statement. “The choice is clear: Instead of paying more for the same bridge, it’s time to invest in a new bridge that will create jobs, reduce congestion and give the region a real transit option.”
The governor’s office offered a news release with similar, supportive statements from several elected officials with regional ties to the bridge:
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano said: “This is a critical project for our region, not only to improve travel but also to bring in thousands of high quality jobs for local workers at a time too many people are struggling to get through the recession.”
White Plains Mayor Tom Roach said: “It is clear that the wisest choice is a new bridge, which will help relieve congestion, be safer for drivers and cost commuters little more than they would be paying for the old bridge with needed improvements. The governor’s plan is the smartest option to meet the long-term needs of our regional economy and transportation system.”
New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson: “It makes no sense to spend good money after bad by throwing billions at an obsolete bridge with a limited lifespan. This is the right time to invest in a new, safer, transit-ready bridge that can serve our region and strengthen our economy for the long-term. That is why the governor’s plan is the best and most realistic way forward.”
Mt. Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis said: “After many years of talk but no action, I agree with the governor that now is the time to proceed with a new bridge that will be safer and less congested, has the option to add public transit and will create thousands of much-needed jobs in our community.”
Rockland County Legislature Chairwoman Harriet Cornell said: “Rockland County commuters know all too well how difficult and frustrating it is to depend on the obsolete, over-crowded Tappan Zee, and given that repairs to the existing bridge would be almost the same cost as a new bridge, it is clear that the Governor’s plan for a new, transit-ready bridge with express bus lanes from day one is the smartest option.”