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Tappan Zee Bridge: Tarrytown, state still negotiating price of land

An artist's rendition of the design for the

An artist's rendition of the design for the new Tappan Zee Bridge that was selected by a panel of experts as the best value among the three proposals submitted. The winning design must be approved by the State Thruway Authority. (Dec. 5, 2012) Photo Credit:

The Village of Tarrytown is proceeding cautiously as it negotiates a price for selling nearly 2 acres of underwater riverfront property to the state for the construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge.

On Monday, village trustees voted unanimously to sell a 1.8-acre parcel that includes 1.7 acres in the Hudson River. The new bridge will run over the area, said Village Administrator Mike Blau.

Although local officials have had the property appraised, they are not willing to discuss the matter publicly. They first want to see the numbers state appraisers came up with based on recent visits to Tarrytown.

"Next step is our agreeing to an advance payment for the purchase with ongoing discussions as to the final price," Blau said. "We will be requesting their appraisals for the property to review their analysis."

Brian Conybeare, special adviser to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on the bridge project, confirmed negotiations are under way.

"The New York State Department of Transportation is in the process of buying a piece of underwater land from the village that is necessary for the new New York Bridge project to move forward," Conybeare told Newsday. "The goal is to reach a fair price all sides can agree on."

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