Construction Industry Council of Westchester Praises Obama's Tappan Zee Visit

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

The Construction Industry Council of Westchester, long an advocate for modernizing the region's infrastructure, is praising President Barack Obama on his visit to the Tappan Zee Bridge today for a speech.

Obama plans to call on Congress to spend more on infrastructure improvements, such as the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge, which is currently underway.

CIC President Ross J. Pepe issued the following release welcoming the president to the region, and he echoed Obama's call for improving the nation's infrastructure:

One industry leader's 28-year campaign to ease congestion and improve the region's infrastructure will reach a historical milestone today when Ross J. Pepe, president of the Construction Industry Council of Westchester & Hudson Valley, Inc., welcomes President Barack Obama this afternoon at the Washington Irving Boat Club that overlooks the Tappan Zee Bridge and the construction activities to replace it in Tarrytown, NY.

From its earliest days in the late 1970s, the CIC and Mr. Pepe have campaigned to maintain, improve and finally replace the Tappan Zee Bridge through the administration of six New York governors. Mr. Pepe has been invited to be among a distinguished group of regional public affairs and business leaders attending President Obama's announcement today in Westchester on the need to renew the federal government's commitment to transportation infrastructure and MAP-21, the nation's multi-year transportation bill.

Mr. Pepe is also a co-architect of the landmark Project Labor Agreement (PLA) between the region's many construction trade unions and the contractor team performing the bridge-replacement project, Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC. The PLA for the new bridge will save taxpayers more than $450 million in construction costs, according to the facility's owner, the New York State Thruway Authority.

“President Obama is wise to use the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project as the backdrop for his call to modernize the federal infrastructure permitting process to protect our communities and the environment through safe and efficient highway and bridge facilities." In 2011, President Obama called for an expedited review process of six major projects nationally—the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project among them—pulling together more than 140 federal, state and county agencies and departments to “fast track” the TZ Bridge replacement program. 

“He has demonstrated his commitment to modernize infrastructure permitting as part of his Administration's broader commitment to increase investment in U.S. infrastructure,” Mr. Pepe said.

frank vecchione May 14, 2014 at 06:59 PM
remember all the green money that disappeared? where did that go? more stimulus money, for cuomo and his friends
DRS May 15, 2014 at 07:58 AM
"pulling together more than 140 federal, state and county agencies and departments to “fast track” the TZ Bridge replacement program." And that about says it all, 140 agencies? Can you imagine a private sector entity with this largesse and waste? You can't? Of course not, because it would be bankrupt. If this project is such a slam dunk then why do they have to fast track it? Are they finally admitting that redundancies and inefficiency run rampant in the government and that was the need for the fast tracking?
Say No To Common Core May 15, 2014 at 09:00 AM
jo May 15, 2014 at 09:29 AM
dump the dems all of them.. flush America clean
Len Martello May 15, 2014 at 10:05 PM
Hey DRS...are you going to tell me that the largest corporations don't have waste and bureaucracy?!?!? Look at the financial services sector, that nearly brought our economy down under GWB...those white collar criminals were making WAY more than any public employee. Let's get real.


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