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Hudson protectors get concessions, back NY bridge

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Two environmental groups have agreed to support the new Tappan Zee Bridge project after winning concessions from New York.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state has issued an environmental permit for the $3.9 billion project after reaching agreement with Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson. The environmental groups will now get a role in monitoring construction. The state will increase a fund that will be used to repair environmental damage.

Cuomo called the groups' support "a critical step forward" for the project. They had pushed for enhancements to protections already planned for the bridge between Rockland and Westchester counties, including limited dredging to avoid peak fish migration and spawning times.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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