Key NY politicians support Tappan Zee replacement

July 19, 2011 3:25:56 PM PDT
Two New York state senators are pushing to speed the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Transportation Chairman Chuck Fuschillo, both Long Island Republicans, toured the bridge by boat Tuesday on the Hudson River.

Then they joined Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino in urging that a new bridge be a state priority.

Skelos said the state of disrepair is evident at the overcrowded, 56-year-old bridge between Westchester and Rockland counties. He said it must be replaced for safety, environmental and economic reasons.

Fuschillo said he hopes funding will come from a public-private partnership. State agencies estimated three years ago that a new bridge, with an express bus system, would cost $9.3 billion. Adding commuter rail would bring the cost to $16 billion.