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Gov. Andrew Cuomo Confident That Tappan Zee Bridge Will Be Replaced

Tappan Zee Bridge (credit: CBS 2)

Tappan Zee Bridge (credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - The feds have said that they don’t have enough money right now to help pay for the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

But Gov. Andrew Cuomo has some thoughts about what the next steps might be in the ongoing, arduous process.

“We didn’t get approved in the first funding round,” Cuomo told WCBS 880′s Alex Silverman.

WCBS 880′s Alex Silverman reports


But the governor isn’t overly concerned about the situation.

“I believe that it will happen, but maybe not as quickly as we would like,” Cuomo said. “But it will happen. The Department of Transportation budget will be renewed.”

Once the budget is renewed,  New York will get its $2 billion loan for the Tappan Zee Bridge, he said. He also said that he’s considering new ways to pay — such as possible partnerships with private companies — but the governor didn’t share specifics.

“My point is that enough is enough,” Cuomo said. “We’ve been talking about it for 20 years. We have to replace the bridge, and we will get it done one way or the other.”

How long have you been hearing that the Tappan Zee Bridge will be replaced? Seems like forever, doesn’t it?! Offer your thoughts and opinions below…