New Tappan Zee Bridge: Cuomo aides meet with local Realtors

The Tappan Zee bridge photographed on the north

The Tappan Zee bridge photographed on the north side during a tour provided by the New York Thruway Authority. (March 13, 2012) (Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

Aides of Gov. Andrew Cuomo met with some local Realtors Thursday to discuss the impact of the new Tappan Zee Bridge construction on local home values.

The meeting with the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors was held in White Plains, and represents the latest in a series of outreach efforts by county and state officials to address local concerns.

But real estate experts said they've already seen a negative impact on the properties near the existing span. And homeowners who live near the bridge are also concerned. Some residents told News12 they are worried their property values will drop once construction on the span gets under way.

Other homeowners have said the planned bridge is making it impossible to sell their homes, and many nearby residents hope the state will financially compensate them.

The governor's aides say they're working to get a solution for homeowners who will be affected, adding that noise and sound barriers will be in place once construction begins, keeping disturbances to a minimum. The barriers' design will include input from roughly 160 Westchester and Rockland residents, who were mailed ballots earlier in the summer.

Last month, Larry Schwartz, a top aide to Cuomo, met with residents in Rockland and Westchester counties following the June 29 town hall meeting, which was co-sponsored by Newsday and News12.

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