Concerns grow about funding, task force for TZ Bridge

The Tappan Zee Bridge

The Tappan Zee Bridge (Credit: News 12)

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YONKERS - Months ago, the state and the federal government promised funding for the massive Tappan Zee Bridge project, along with a task force to look into mass transit options on the span.

The creation of the task force was one of the assurances Gov. Andrew Cuomo made to local leaders back in August.

However, two months later, neither are in place.

Veronica Vanterpool, head of the Tri-state Transportation Campaign, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing car traffic said she's concerned about the impact of this bridge and the size of this project without any identified funding sources.

The state has applied for a $2 billion federal loan for the project, which would only cover about half of the $5.2 billion bridge.

This project is just one of 19 different applications from across the country vying for $27 billion in TIFIA funds, so the competition is stiff.

Local congressional leaders pushing for the funding in Washington say they can't pinpoint if or even when the state might find out their chances.

As for the task force, the governor's office says it 'is' in the works, and they hope to make an announcement soon.

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