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Assemblyman Lawler Calls for Immediate Federal Safety Inspection of the Mario Cuomo/Tappan Zee Bridge

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PEARL RIVER, NY – Assemblyman Mike Lawler whose district includes portions of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo/ Tappan Zee Bridge, offered the following statement after signing onto a letter signed by all 43 members of the Assembly Minority Conference calling for an immediate safety inspection of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge:

“It’s clear after investigative reporting by the Albany Times Union that the Mario Cuomo Bridge needs to be inspected immediately. In order to ensure transparency and independent verification, I’m asking the federal government to step in and ensure the full safety and structural integrity of the bridge.”

“In speaking with the Executive Director of the Thruway Authority, Matthew Driscoll, and the chief engineer on the project, they strenuously denied the allegations laid bare in the Albany Times Union report and reassured me, as well as several of my colleagues, that the bridge was in fact safe and would not have been opened if it wasn’t. I appreciate their candor and ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of the bridge. However, as the old saying goes, trust but verify.”

“Simply put, we need more information that can only be brought to the forefront by US Inspector General Eric Soskin. I urge him to look into the claims that were raised in the Albany Times Union report and undertake an immediate federal safety inspection of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.”

Photo by Richard Killian.

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Rep. Mondaire Jones on Build Back Better Act

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Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) released the following statement:

“Today is an historic day for our nation, and for the great people of Westchester and Rockland Counties. Thanks to the leadership of progressives—who insisted on passing not just the bipartisan infrastructure bill, but also the larger Build Back Better Act—the House passed the most significant investment in our nation and our people in more than half a century.

The bill will guarantee that high-quality child care is affordable for every family in America; save the planet from climate catastrophe while creating millions of good-paying, union jobs; expand Medicare to include hearing; continue to cut child poverty in half through an extension of the expanded Child Tax Credit; make an historic investment in housing affordability; lift the cap on the State and Local Tax deduction that has unjustly burdened working families in Westchester and Rockland; and so much more.

I’m especially proud that this bill contains key provisions that I led the fight to secure: universal child care and an increase in the SALT deduction cap to $80,000.

This victory is a testament to the strength and tenacity of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, of which I’m proud to be a Deputy Whip, and which held the line throughout this process to ensure we passed a bill that meets this unprecedented moment of overlapping crises.

We in the House have done our job, and now our colleagues in the Senate must do theirs. I look forward to President Biden making good on his promise to secure 51 votes for the Build Back Better Act in the Senate expeditiously so we can get this bill onto his desk and begin delivering the change people in Westchester, Rockland, and across America need and deserve. The American people are counting on us to deliver, and we must do so without delay.”

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End of the Village of South Nyack: Village Hall is Up For Sale

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End of the Village of South Nyack: Village Hall is Up For Sale.

 

After a referendum, residents of South Nyack voted to disband and join the Town of Orangetown.

This article will be updated when a price is listed for the Village Hall.

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