Improving Physical and Digital Infrastructure Paves the Way for Regional Revitalization
(August 25, 2017) ...Tonight, the first of two 4-lane spans of the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge will open, replacing the former Tappan Zee. This project is one of the largest in the nation and the biggest in the history of the New York State Thruway Authority. By improving our infrastructure, both digital and physical, New York State -- and Westchester, in particular -- we are putting ourselves on an important economic trajectory forward.
At yesterday's ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the first span of the new bridge, Bill Mooney, President and CEO of the Westchester County Association, was honored to have been asked by Governor Andrew Cuomo to speak about what this monumental new bridge means to the economy of Westchester and the region. He noted that the bridge was built in record time and on budget, and would herald a new era in economic development for Westchester and the region.
"With cutting-edge transportation, we increase our ability to be competitive in the regional, national, and international economy," he said. "The Tappan Zee crossing is a vital economic artery for the entire region. It serves as a crucial link between the Port of New York and New Jersey, and the entire New England market. Here in the mid-Hudson Valley, new and better transit options will have a ripple effect, fueling continued economic growth and creating jobs and opportunity."
Governor Cuomo said, "New York is leading the way. With shovels in the ground, we're doing it right and we're doing it fast."
The press coverage was tremendous. Read more about this momentous event which was covered in today's New York Times and lohud.com. You also can watch the video and read the press release about the historic ceremony by clicking here.
"The future belongs to those who build it," said Governor Andrew Cuomo. Together, Westchester County and New York State are on a fantastic path forward!