Gov. Cuomo's Tappan Zee Bridge plan raises questions

During his State of the State address yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) urged lawmakers to approve funding for the new Tappan Zee Bridge, ending more

WHITE PLANS - During his State of the State address yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) urged lawmakers to approve funding for the new Tappan Zee Bridge, ending more than a decade of studies and delays, but local officials say it may not be a realistic goal.

County Executive Scott Vanderhoef (R-Rockland) says Cuomo's ambitious plan for 2012 is lacking specifics, namely, who is going to pay for the replacement bridge, and if there will be a mass transit option to relieve congestion.

Cuomo says when it comes to a new Tappan Zee Bridge, he wants to see less talk and more action, but motorists who use the span say they don't think they'll see any construction this year.

The governor wants funding for the project approved this year, but it remains unknown whether mass transit will be included in the plan, or when the project will get under way.

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