As Governor of the Don’t-Tell-Me-What-To-Do state, Andrew Cuomo must embody these emotions and somehow manage Albany, all the same time. But, a recent construction controversy and an expensive federal “No” has put his attitude to the test.
And it’s all because of a bridge over the Hudson.
On April 26th, Obama’s Department of Transportation denied a $2 billion loan request to rebuild the Tappan Zee – a project that would cost a total of $5.2 billion – and the Governor is not happy about it.
Just a little above the realm of the Bronx, the old, gray expanse known connects the counties of Rockland and Westchester. It is a drab piece of steel, 16,000 feet long and 90 feet wide, and was opened for business in 1955. Quick history lesson: “Tappan” is the name of a Native American tribe from the area and “Zee” is Dutch (the first Europeans in Manhattan) for sea. You learn something new everyday.
Officials from his administration have stated that announcements revolving around the project’s future will be made in coming weeks. But, although no specific plan has been released yet, Cuomo doesn’t seem like he’s going to take “No” for an answer. “We’ve been talking about it for 20 years,” he said, “We have to replace this bridge and we will get it done one way or the other.”
Spoken like a true New Yorker.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 6, 2012