President Barack Obama talks transportation funding at Sunset Cove restaurant in Tarrytown

Obama will also speak at the opening of the Sept. 11 memorial Thursday. (5/14/14)

TARRYTOWN - President Barack Obama was in Tarrytown Wednesday afternoon to push Congress for more infrastructure funding.

The president spoke for a short time at the Sunset Cove restaurant at the Washington Irving Boat Club, with the Tappan Zee Bridge as his backdrop. In his speech, Obama urged Congress for more funding for transportation projects, like the new Tappan Zee Bridge being built. Obama says the economy would thrive with better infrastructure nationwide.

If Congress doesn't act by the end of August, Obama says federal loans for transportation projects could stop, leaving 700,000 people without work.

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After the speech, the president and First Lady Michelle Obama headed for New York City to attend two Democratic fundraisers. Obama will also speak Thursday at the opening of the Sept. 11 memorial. He will be back in the Hudson Valley in a few weeks to deliver the commencement address at West Point.

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