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Cuomo: Tappan Zee Bridge Needs to Be Replaced 'Now'

The governor spoke of safety concerns but did not elaborate on financing the construction.

Citing safety concerns and a "pressing need,"  Governor Andrew Cuomo said Thursday the Tappan Zee Bridge will be replaced soon.

"When it gets right down to it, we have to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge," he said. "It has to be done now."

The governor was at the to announce a proposal to form a justice center to prevent, investigate and prosecute abuse of special-needs New Yorkers.

During a brief press conference after his speech, Cuomo was asked about financing for the new bridge.

He said there are no concrete plans for paying for the new bridge, adding that the state doesn't yet know how much it will cost.

Cuomo also said there had been no discussion of financing the bridge by raising tolls.

In April, the state found out it would not be eligible for a $2 billion federal loan to foot the bill for the bridge. 

Residents of both Rockland and Westchester counties have been vocal about the disruption and the possible harm building a new bridge would cause.

Cuomo acknowledged there would be disruptions, but in the long run the public will be better served with a new safer bridge.

Francis T McVetty May 11, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Henry, I also guess you would go along with Steven Chu when he says we don't pay enough for our gasoline/diesel. We should be on a par with Europe. Right from the play book Mr. Ferlauto!!!
Chris May 12, 2012 at 12:03 AM
yes everyone has the freedom... but not everyone has the financial ability... thus the increasing in cheap rail transit... people cant afford to travel the way they really want and we are stuck with this piss poor economy because of Obama's economic model...
Henry Ferlauto May 12, 2012 at 01:18 AM
@Francis - I never said that, I said we're a heck of a lot less than over there. But as the market moves gasoline (and diesel) prices higher that will ultimately affect people's habits. And it is the market that controls the price of oil. There are two hard facts about fossil fuels: (1) It is ultimately a finite supply and thus must ultimately be replaced. It won't be replaced by any one resource. (2) A very large portion of the world's oil supply come from places that are very politically unstable. Both of which mean that is in our interests as human beings and as country to migrate to other technologies. Even if one never sets foot on a train, the more people that do use them means that there are that many fewer cars on the road. Lastly, roads (specifically land) are finite. We can't just keep widening highways, unless you want every highway to look like the mid-section of the NJ Turnpike.
Chris May 12, 2012 at 11:17 AM
2 recent US Department of Energy articles that suggest the US has 1.124 trillion barrels of conventional oil left surely mean i finite supply right... thats 328 years of us oil use... we have to drill...
Francis T McVetty May 12, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Henry, your statement "It is ultimately a finite supply and thus must ultimately be replaced. It won't be replaced by any one resource." is partially true. It seems that you must get that message to President Obama and Mr. Stephen Chu. They seem to think that raising the fuel prices to $8/gal is the answer to all our energy problems. We live in a mobile society and there is NO replacement fuel in sight right now that is ECONOMICAL. We have more than enough energy here in the USA. We really don't need oil from people that don't like us or for that matter hate us. Example, Venezuela. By the way a little plug, DON"T buy CITGO!!!

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