Ironworkers hopeful after Tappan Zee announcement

Local construction workers who have been struggling to find work in the recession are welcoming the fast-tracking of the Tappan Zee Bridge project.

"It's a struggle right now," says ironworker Jose Cruz. "I love what I do. I just wish I could do more of it."

While President Barack Obama's announcement will help speed up approvals for the project, it doesn't help with securing the estimated $16 billion in funding needed to make it happen. Cruz says while he'd love to see the plan become a reality soon, he is not holding his breath.

"I'll keep looking for work other places, keep out there, keep doing what I'm doing," he says.

For more on President Barack Obama's decision to expedite the Tappan Zee Bridge project, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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