Lowey instrumental in securing $1.6 billion in critical federal funding for New Tappan Zee Bridge
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 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 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.”
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.
This article was edited to remove references to the political hijacking of the name of the bridge.