CLAKSTOWN – Governor Andrew Cuomo told Rockland County officials Friday that his administration has broken the gridlock in Albany and his “Opportunity Agenda” is further proof of that.
Cuomo to Rockland officials: “… refuse to take ‘no’ for an answer …”
Cuomo, who lives across the Hudson River in Westchester County, said
the Tappan Zee Bridge “was a symbol of dysfunction” in state
government and despite the naysayers, he said he moved the process forward
to build a new bridge in one year.
“It’s now a symbol of what you can do when you refuse to
take ‘no’ for an answer and you really believe that people
can do the right thing rather than starting with the cynical outlook that
becomes self-fulfilling,” the governor said.
Cuomo’s “Opportunity Agenda” focuses on a number of initiatives including passing $1.7 billion in property tax relief for homeowners; making Stewart Airport a tax-free zone through START-UP NY; building a new Metro-North stations in the Bronx to connect to Westchester and extend access to Penn station; investing $150 million to construct a vertical parking structure in Westchester; pursing bus rapid transit along the I-287 corridor, investing in the new Tappan Zee Bridge and stabilizing the Thruway, and proposing a $20 million Farm Preservation Fund to expand and protect agriculture in the Hudson Valley.