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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)(Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

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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.