Gov. Cuomo asks President Obama to expedite new Tappan Zee Bridge

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) is trying to expedite the plan to repair or replace the aging Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River by sending the proposal straight to President Obama.

The president has set up a competition for states to submit job-creating projects to his administration and the winner would have an expedited review and approval process, clearing away extra red tape.

The bridge, built in the 1950s, is in need of repair or replacement, according to officials. The project could cost up to $16 billion, according to estimates.

County executives Rob Astorino (R-Westchester) and Scott Vanderhoef (R-Rockland) both support Gov. Cuomo's plan.

State lawmakers tour broken-down Tappan Zee BridgeGov.-elect Cuomo tours aging Tappan Zee Bridge

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