Updated 3/6/2012 with the text of the Greenburgh resolution
While the state held the first of two public hearings on the TZB draft environmental impact statements in Rockland, Westchester cities and towns were busy taking action on the project. Last night three Westchester municipalities joined the growing ranks of communities calling for transit on the Tappan Zee. Yonkers, Dobbs Ferry and Greenburgh all passed resolutions asking “Governor Cuomo, the New York State Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Authority to restore dedicated public transportation infrastructure to its long-held place in any and all plans for the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge.”
Both the Dobbs Ferry and Yonkers votes were unanimous. In Dobbs Ferry the Mayor and town trustees spoke passionately about the need for transit to protect the quality of life in their village and provide ways for future generations to get around. Trustee Donna Cassell pointed out that unless the Governor dedicates the emergency access lanes on the bridge to buses now, there’s the potential to open them up to motor vehicles in the future, and these vehicles would spill over to local roads, overwhelming the peaceful streets of Dobbs Ferry.
The resolutions, similar to the ones passed by Hastings-on-Hudson and Croton-on-Hudson also calls on other communities to “let their opinion be known to Governor Cuomo and the relevant agencies and representatives New York State and the federal government on this critical decision that will impact quality of life for decades to come.”