Lowey Joins Gov. Cuomo to Mark Opening of Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement
Rep. Lowey delivers remarks at a ceremony with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and local elected officials to mark the opening of the first span of the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement.
WHITE PLAINS, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, along with local elected officials, at a ceremony today to mark the opening of the first span of the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement, the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.
“The Tappan Zee Bridge replacement is one of the most urgently needed and important infrastructure projects in the nation, and today marked another important step toward providing much-needed relief for commuters and strengthening a critical link in our region’s infrastructure system,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “I’m proud to have supported Governor Cuomo’s vision and leadership and to have helped secure $1.6 billion in federal funding through a historic TIFIA loan to make this new bridge a reality for the Lower Hudson Valley. Our state and regional economy depends on reliable transportation infrastructure, and this innovative solution will continue to spur economic growth for years to come. It is fitting that this great system of infrastructure will be named after Mario Cuomo, a great governor of the state of New York.”
As Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Lowey was instrumental in securing federal resources critical to moving the replacement project forward. Congresswoman Lowey helped secure a $1.6 billion Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan, the largest in history, to help finance the bridge. She also helped secure a $10 million TIGER grant to finance bus rapid transit through the Hudson Links Program.
Prior to Congress, Congresswoman Lowey served as assistant secretary of state under former Governor Mario Cuomo.