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Gov. Andrew Cuomo listens to other local politicians (Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo listens to other local politicians speak during a news conference in Piermont before Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs a letter asking the federal government for $2 billion dollars for a new Tappan Zee bridge. (Aug. 20, 2012)

Tappan Zee bridge plans OKd by transit board

The initial stages of the Tappan Zee Bridge project have begun as the New York Thruway Authority progresses in the construction of a new span between Rockland and Westchester counties across the Hudson River.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference
(Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in Piermont before signing a letter asking the federal government for $2 billion dollars for a new Tappan Zee bridge. (Aug. 20, 2012)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks after a news conference
(Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks after a news conference in Piermont where he signed a letter asking the federal government for $2 billion dollars for a new Tappan Zee bridge. (Aug. 20, 2012)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks, left, while Rockland County
(Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks, left, while Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoef applauds during a news conference in Piermont before signing a letter asking the federal government for $2 billion dollars for a new Tappan Zee bridge. (Aug. 20, 2012)

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Westchester County Executive speaks during a news conference
(Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

Westchester County Executive speaks during a news conference in Piermont before signing a letter asking the federal government for $2 billion dollars for a new Tappan Zee bridge. (Aug. 20, 2012)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo listens to other local politicians
(Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo listens to other local politicians speak during a news conference in Piermont before Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs a letter asking the federal government for $2 billion dollars for a new Tappan Zee bridge. (Aug. 20, 2012)

Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoef speaks during a
(Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoef speaks during a news conference in Piermont before Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs a letter asking the federal government for $2 billion dollars for a new Tappan Zee bridge. (Aug. 20, 2012)

Many politicians show up surrounding Gov. Andrew Cuomo
(Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

Many politicians show up surrounding Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a news conference in Piermont before Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs a letter asking the federal government for $2 billion dollars for a new Tappan Zee bridge. (Aug. 20, 2012)

Former Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano, left, and
(Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

Former Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano, left, and Ramapo Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence wait for a news conference in Piermont where Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed a letter asking the federal government for $2 billion for a new Tappan Zee bridge. (Aug. 20, 2012)

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ambitious vision of building a

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ambitious vision of building a new Tappan Zee bridge inched closer to reality, with a regional transportation board voting unanimously to make the project part of the state's long-term transit plan. (Aug. 20, 2012)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ambitious vision of building a
(Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ambitious vision of building a new Tappan Zee bridge inched closer to reality, with a regional transportation board voting unanimously to make the project part of the state's long-term transit plan. (Aug. 20, 2012)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ambitious vision of building a
(Credit: Rory Glaseman)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ambitious vision of building a new Tappan Zee bridge inched closer to reality, with a regional transportation board voting unanimously to make the project part of the state's long-term transit plan. (Aug. 20, 2012)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ambitious vision of building a
(Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ambitious vision of building a new Tappan Zee bridge inched closer to reality, with a regional transportation board voting unanimously to make the project part of the state's long-term transit plan. (Aug. 20, 2012)

Phillip Musegaas of Riverkeeper, left, speaks during an
(Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

Phillip Musegaas of Riverkeeper, left, speaks during an interview while Rob Friedman, 23, of Hastings on Hudson, listens after the New York transportation Council voted on the building of the Tappan Zee Bridge. (Aug. 20, 2012)

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ambitious vision of building a
(Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ambitious vision of building a new Tappan Zee bridge inched closer to reality , with a regional transportation board voting unanimously to make the project part of the state's long-term transit plan. (Aug. 20, 2012)

Workers continue early construction of pilings from barges
(Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

Workers continue early construction of pilings from barges just north of the Tappan Zee Bridge crossing from Westchester County to Rockland County, in the background. These pilings allowed proposers to conduct demonstrations of boring to ascertain the composition of the riverbed and a pile-driving project that will determine the load capacity of seven locations in the future path of the bridge.The pile-driving demonstration project was the first physical preparatory work for the new Tappan Zee Bridge. (March 13, 2012)

New York Thruway Executive Director Thomas J. Madison
(Credit: Photo by Rory Glaeseman)

New York Thruway Executive Director Thomas J. Madison announces the pile driving demonstration project for the new Tappan Zee Bridge project during a new conference held on the Nyack bank of the Hudson River. (March 13, 2012)

Workers continue early construction of pilings from barges
(Credit: Photo by Rory Glaeseman)

Workers continue early construction of pilings from barges just north of the Tappan Zee Bridge crossing from Westchester to Rockland County, in background. These pilings will allow proposers to conduct boring demonstrations to ascertain the composition of the riverbed and a pile driving project that will determine the load capacity of seven locations in the future path of the bridge. The pile driving demonstration project is the first physical manifestation of preparatory work for the new Tappan Zee Bridge. (March 13, 2012)

New York Thruway Executive Director Thomas J. Madison
(Credit: Photo by Rory Glaeseman)

New York Thruway Executive Director Thomas J. Madison announces the pile driving demonstration project for the new Tappan Zee Bridge project during a new conference held on the Nyack bank of the Hudson River. (March 13, 2012)

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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino speaks during a
(Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino speaks during a public hearing regarding the new Tappan Zee Bridge at the Marriott in Tarrytown. (March 1, 2012)

Workers continue early construction of pilings, from barges,
(Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

Workers continue early construction of pilings, from barges, just north of the Tappan Zee Bridge crossing from Westchester to Rockland County, in background. These pilings allowed proposers to conduct demonstrations of boring to ascertain the composition of the riverbed and a pile-driving project that will determine the load capacity of seven locations in the future path of the bridge. The pile-driving demonstration project was the first physical preparatory work for the new Tappan Zee Bridge. (March 13, 2012)

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