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May 21st, 2014

President Visits Tappan Zee Bridge Project

President Barack Obama talks about the new Tappan Zee Bridge being built on a fast track, being permitted in a lot quicker time, meaning more jobs sooner.

TARRYTOWN – It has been over five years since the economy fell flat and since then, more and more jobs have been created in the United States, President Barak Obama told an audience on the banks of the Hudson River in Tarrytown at the Tappan Zee Bridge.

He said the new TZ Bridge is being built on a fast track, being permitted in a lot quicker time, meaning more jobs sooner while meeting all environmental concerns. Washington put up $1.6 billion in loans for the project.

The President announced 11 additional infrastructure projects to be fast-tracked.

"One study recently found that over time we have fallen to 19th place when it comes to the quality of our infrastructure. I don’t like America being 19th; I don’t like America being second. I want us to be first when it comes to infrastructure around the world because businesses are going to come where there is good infrastructure to move businesses, move people, move services," he said.

Among those lauding the President’s efforts was Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D, NY18).

"I am glad the President is focused on rebuilding America. It’s the number one thing we should be doing to create jobs, grow our economy. We need to rebuild our own country. We have been building countries all over the world for the last decade and now we should build our own," he said.

Ross Pepe, president of the Construction Industry Council of Westchester and the Hudson Valley said the President "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."

Building a 21st century infrastructure is a critical component of President Obama’s effort to accelerate economic growth, expand opportunity, and improve the competitiveness of the American economy.

With the Highway Trust Fund projected to run out of money before this fall, President Obama has laid out his vision for a long-term infrastructure bill that would provide certainty for state and local partners, support millions of jobs, and position the economy for lasting growth.

The President is calling on Congress to pass a robust multi-year transportation bill before funding runs out and puts hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk.

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