Gov. Cuomo signs TZ Bridge loan request

TARRYTOWN - Just hours after the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council approved the new Tappan Zee Bridge project, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the loan request at a waterfront ceremony at the foot of the bridge in Piermont.

With county executives and other local officials by his side, Cuomo formally asked for a $2 billion federal loan to help cover the cost of the $5 billion replacement project.

The move came just hours after the county executives of Putnam, Westchester and Rockland counties joined other members of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council in giving a unanimous thumbs up to a new Tappan Zee Bridge.

Opponents, especially the environmental group Riverkeeper, had questioned the speed at which the project approvals were obtained, but following the ceremony, Cuomo pointed out that it has taken more than a decade to get to this point.

It's unknown how long it will take for the federal government to act on the loan request, but it could happen sometime this fall. NYMTC approves new Tappan Zee Bridge project

WC, Putnam, Rockland county executives endorse new TZB span

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