Tappan Zee Bridge meetings set with Gov. Cuomo

Workers continue early construction of pilings, from barges,

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) Photo Credit: Rory Glaeseman

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to hold two town hall meetings on the Tappan Zee Bridge project in late July.

The meetings in Westchester and Rockland counties come in the wake of a Town Hall meeting earlier this month, sponsored by News12 and Newsday. Representatives for Cuomo promised at the meeting to follow up with residents unhappy with the plan.

Over the course of a decade, there have been more than 430 meetings on the future of the Tappan Zee Bridge, and Cuomo means to add a few dozen more to that tally, beginning with meetings in White Plains and Orangetown late this month.

The governor's representatives will handle the town meetings, answering questions from residents and rallying support for the $5.2 billion project.

"After over a decade of delay, we are moving to build a new, better bridge that will be a boost to Hudson Valley residents and to the area's economy," Cuomo said in a statement issued Tuesday. "As we continue this process, it is essential that members of my administration go town by town and village by village to explain the details of the project and make sure all questions and concerns are addressed -- and that's exactly what we are going to do."

The new bridge will create more than 45,000 jobs, said Cuomo. The first meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. July 25 at Berkeley College in White Plains. A second meeting is scheduled for 8.30 a.m. July 26 at Dominican College in Orangetown.

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