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South Nyack Seeks Harmony with New TZ Bridge

Residents to meet, discuss impact of new span

While many Rocklanders are concerned with , Cathy McCue has a more detailed anxiety—like how the coming $5.2 billion span will look outside her and her neighbors' windows.

"What will the design look like? What will we have to live with?" she said.

McCue is president of the in South Nyack, a 5.5-acre, 120-apartment complex that rests on the banks of the Hudson River—and at the foot of the current span.

Though the state's notes the apartments, which house about 170 residents, will not be directly impacted, . There could be a small loading platform at the base of the Salisbury property for the duration of the project, however.

"We are concerned about the dirt, the noise, the pollution," McCue said. "We would like a bridge that would be respectful and in graceful harmony with the community that has to live with it, 24/7."

McCue and her neighbors have reached out to the Department of Transportation (DOT) multiple times, she said, but have received limited response.

"I've been perplexed as to why it's been so difficult to get a meeting with the bridge folks," she added.

Most recently, several state organizations at the to address ecological, transportation and construction issues. McCue was there, but notes she had little time to sound off.

"There was only a short window of time to react," she recalls.

Unsatisfied, the South Nyacker took matters into her own hands. The cooperative hired two consultants, a civil engineer and an acoustic engineer, who will be presenting their finding Monday night at the in Nyack. 

"We've received reports that have some startling concerns," McCue said.

Also invited to the Q&A session are local politicians and representatives from the DOT. McCue said will likely attend, and the group is waiting to hear back from state officials.

Riverkeeper—a non-profit dedicated to preserving the Hudson River's ecology—will be present, as well. The group

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The details

When: Monday, April 23; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: , 300 N. Broadway, Nyack

Tony T April 23, 2012 at 09:40 AM
Now that it is approved and out the drawing board stage no one cares. That is how gov't works!! Where are your county legislatures, state senator and local assemblyman?
Barry Kornfeld April 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM
This entire project at the end was fast tracked. Nothing previously discussed was listened to or even used. I have yet to see any seriouse study on a comparison cost between a bridge and a tunnel. The reason is that there was no investigation into a tunnel. It was dismissed out of hand because pre-determined contract bid winners don't build tunnels only bridges. The entire process has been phony and corrupt. It's all about money and payola. The people have no say.
John Gromada April 23, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Our local assembly representative, Ellen Jaffee, has taken the position of 'full steam ahead'. And the entire public "process" has been now been exposed as a sham. Whatever Cuomo wants to ram through, he will try to do. The only problem is they haven't figured out how to pay for it- at all. Here is an interesting article on the economics of it all, which project an astronomical toll rise: http://www.komanoff.net/cars_II/Bridge_Too_Big.pdf - the interesting thing though is that if they raise the toll as much as they think they need to to pay for the bridge, enough people will avoid using the TZ which would then lower the toll revenue- this would put the project into a non-sustainable 'death spiral'.
Mike Clarkstown April 23, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I completely agree with Barry !!
Kim T. April 23, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I'm really sorry to sound like this - but I live in the apartments next to the TZB and boy am I glad I rent. Nyack lost its desirable zip code a long time ago after the town became a slew of bars without adequate parking spaces. After the Palisades Center Mall got built despite the community's vehement opposition it is evident that nothing will stop this project of little thought or regard. I, for one, will be leaving.
Laborers Local 754 September 26, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Didn't many people say that the construction of the condos along the river will disrupt the "quality of life" back when they were built?
Laborers Local 754 September 26, 2012 at 01:11 PM
"Fast Tracked"? I believe Gov. Pataki started the process. THat was 12,13 years ago? THis project incorporates over 10 years of studies and meetings etc. It has been everything BUT fast tracked. It is very much scaled down and represents the first part of a very large infrastructure upgrade for this whole area.

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