- Last Updated: 1:55 AM, August 21, 2012
- Posted: 1:00 AM, August 21, 2012
ALBANY — Uncle Sam, can you spare a billion or two?
Gov. Cuomo is asking for a federal loan to jump-start the $5.2 billion Tappan Zee Bridge replacement.
Cuomo signed a letter to the feds yesterday as local and state officials cheered during a waterfront ceremony in Piermont near the current bridge’s western landing.
“They are going to say yes. You gotta believe, they are going to say yes,” Cuomo said of the loan request. The bulk of the cost to replace the deteriorating bridge will be covered by state funds and tolls.
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council voted yesterday to approve the federal-funding request after local county executives dropped their opposition.