Tappan Zee

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Both spans are now open on the Mario Cuomo Bridge that connects Rockland and Westchester Counties. As road signs are being switched to reflect the new name, debate continues over discarding the old one. State lawmakers near the bridge say their constituents want to integrate the old name with the new, despite New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s apparent final word on the topic.

Courtesy of the office of NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo

The second and final span of the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge is set to open Saturday. The Tappan Zee is well on its way to being fully dismantled, and the new Mario Cuomo Bridge has been carrying traffic on the westbound span that opened about a year ago. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the new bridge is set to reach a major milestone this weekend.

Mario Cuomo Bridge Comes Up During Cuomo-Nixon Debate

Aug 30, 2018
Courtesy of the NYS Thruway Authority

One topic raised during New York’s gubernatorial Democratic primary debate was the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. The candidates were asked about the name as well as the future of tolls on the new bridge that connects Rockland and Westchester Counties.

Some Lawmakers Aim To Amend NY Bridge Name

Jun 11, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Last-ditch efforts are under way to add “Tappan Zee” to the name of the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.  Bills in the Assembly and Senate are backed by nearly 110,000 petition signatures, though the measures are not very far along in the legislative process and the session ends next week.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The 62-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge was officially retired in October. And there was a milestone reached this week in its dismantling. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo led a boat tour with reporters Tuesday to talk about that milestone and how the pieces from the old bridge will be put to use.

Orange County To Use TZB Panels For Its Bridges

May 9, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Orange County will receive panels that were salvaged from the Tappan Zee Bridge. The bridge is being dismantled, and the New York State Thruway Authority has been offering counties the panels for $1 each. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A state lawmaker from the Hudson Valley has crafted a bill to revert the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge to its original name. The Putnam County Republican says the new bridge should contain the words “Tappan Zee,” and any name change should go through a different legislative process.

New York State Thruway Authority

Governor Andrew Cuomo is set Thursday to open the first span of the new Thruway bridge over the Hudson River, known as the Tappan Zee Bridge and to be renamed the Governor Mario Cuomo bridge. But questions still linger over how, ultimately, the bridge will be paid for.

 

  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature public works project, a $4 billion bridge to be named after his father, is about to begin carrying commuters across the Hudson River in New York City suburbs.

Courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority

A bill that would name the new Tappan Zee Bridge in honor of veterans has passed the New York state Senate. The bill’s sponsor is from the Hudson Valley and a veteran himself.

Midday Crane Collapse On TZB Will Be Investigated

Jul 19, 2016
Courtesy of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

A crane collapsed across lanes of traffic on the Tappan Zee Bridge around noon today. More than 138,000 cars per day cross the bridge, which spans Rockland and Westchester Counties. The collapse happened on the Rockland side. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held a press conference on the Westchester side, in Tarrytown, around 3:30.

“If you said to me that a boom could fall across the Tappan Zee Bridge at noon, not hit a car, not hit a person and there’d be no serious injury, I wouldn’t believe it,” Cuomo says.

Courtesy of the NYS Thruway Authority

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the selection of a final design for a bicycle and pedestrian path for the New NY Bridge, which is replacing the Tappan Zee. After a strong push by elected officials and residents on the Rockland County side, the alternative with the least impact was chosen.

Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

A body has been recovered from the Hudson River, where a tugboat sank Saturday morning after colliding with a barge near the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Opinions Come Forth About Naming The New NY Bridge

Feb 23, 2016
Courtesy of the the NYS Thruway Authority

With the new Tappan Zee Bridge now about two years from completion, talk continues about what the bridge will be called. One Hudson Valley assemblyman wants to see it named in honor of veterans while others prefer it pays respect to a late governor.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo rallied in Rockland County Monday for paid family leave and, in his opening remarks, he mentioned an unrelated topic.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York state officials, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, welcomed the one of the world’s largest floating cranes to the construction site of the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge Monday. At the same time, the governor’s opponent in the November election called for details on the new bridge’s expected tolls. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to use clean water funds to help pay for the new Tappan Zee Bridge has been approved by a key state board. However, a federal agency is reviewing the plan, and environmental groups are among those in opposition.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York congresswoman from the Hudson Valley has penned a letter to the IRS commissioner about noise reduction grants pertaining to the new Tappan Zee Bridge. 

New Tappan Zee Bridge Loan Brought Into Question

Jun 25, 2014
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Several environmental advocacy groups have lodged a formal protest against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to help pay for a new Tappan Zee Bridge using $511 million in loans from a clean water fund.

President Obama Points to NY Bridge Project As A Model

May 15, 2014
WAMC, Allison Dunne

President Barack Obama stood on the banks of the Hudson River Wednesday, with the Tappan Zee Bridge as a backdrop. He was in Tarrytown to push a $302 billion transportation plan, and shine a light on a replacement bridge project already under way. 

President Obama Highlights New NY Bridge

May 15, 2014
WAMC, Allison Dunne

President Obama was in Westchester County Wednesday, with the Tappan Zee Bridge behind him. He was there to call for investment in infrastructure and announce a plan to put a number of projects on a faster track.

Nick Knupffer / Flickr

President Barack Obama comes to New York Wednesday – Obama will speak at the Tappan Zee Bridge: White House officials say the President will call for more infrastructure spending. The 60-year old span is being replaced by a new bridge that is expected to be open by 2018. The Obama administration has been quick to approve major infrastructure projects whenever possible. Observers believe Governor Andrew Cuomo will appear with the President on Wednesday.

Courtesy of Riverkeeper

An environmental group in the Hudson Valley has put the New York State Thruway Authority on notice concerning two alleged violations during construction of the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge.  One allegation involves monitoring an endangered fish species.

Westchester County-based Riverkeeper recently filed a notice of intent to sue the state Thruway Authority, Tappan Zee Constructors, and one of the contractors under the Clean Water Act. Here’s Riverkeeper’s Hudson River Program Director Phillip Musegaas.

Doug Kerr, flickr

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a bride-to-be who was killed in a New York boating accident died from drowning and severe head injuries.

Comptroller promises close Tappan Zee oversight

Jan 17, 2013
Courtesy NYS OSC

With the state anxious to begin construction on a new Tappan Zee Bridge, New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says his office will be keeping a close eye on the financing of the more than three billion dollar project. DiNapoli spoke on WAMC’s Capitol Connection program.

Tappan Zee Tunnel?

Jun 25, 2012

As the New York State Thruway presses on with plans to replace the Tappan Zee bridge, environmentalists are asking the state continue to seek out alternatives. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Under current plans, a new 8-lane bridge would replace the current Tappan Zee at a cost of 5-point-4 billion dollars. The environmental group Riverkeeper wants the state to consider whether or not a tunnel might be a better alternative.