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The New New York Bridge is the largest infrastructure project in the nation and it is happening right in Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins’ district. The $3.9 billion replacement of the aging Tappan Zee represents tremendous opportunities for Westchester, the Hudson Valley and New York State. The bridge will boost the economy by creating 40,000 new jobs. It will present great opportunities for local businesses including small and medium sized businesses and disadvantaged businesses including those owned by minorities and women. It will also provide much needed stability to the region’s infrastructure by replacing an outdated, structurally deficient bridge. Finally, it presents an opportunity to improve mass transit through the I-287 corridor.

Senator Stewart-Cousins is at the forefront of the New New York Bridge’s progress. As a member of Governor Cuomo’s Mass Transit Task Force, she helped devise the plan for a state of the art bus rapid transit system across the I-287 corridor. This will reduce congestion and help the environment by encouraging drivers to get out their cars and onto mass transit. It will also be an economic boon to communities throughout Westchester County.

The Senator is also committed to making sure that the State lives up to or exceeds its goal of 10% contract participation from disadvantaged businesses. As a longtime advocate for minority and women owned businesses in New York State, Senator Stewart-Cousins understands how important it is to have a level playing field in the contracting process.

Finally, Senator Stewart-Cousins never stops advocating for her communities. Residents in Tarrytown and surrounding areas in the 35th district have already been directly impacted by the construction of this bridge. From the outset, Senator Stewart-Cousins has followed up on, responded to and expressed concerns on behalf of her constituents who are rightly distressed about quality of life issues like noise and air quality. She has facilitated meetings between local communities, the Governor’s office, the Thruway Authority and DOT and has helped achieve community friendly changes to allay resident concerns.