Sean Maloney Takes Initative On Tappan Zee (Updated)
At 1:31 p.m., Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent out yet another press release – the third to date - announcing the latest round of elected officials in Rockland and Westchester counties who support his Tappan Zee Bridge replacement plan.
The administration started this over the weekend after the news broke that tolls on the new bridge would likely have to triple to $14 per car (without commuter or EZPass discounts) in order to pay for the project. Cuomo insisted the toll makes sense, saying it’s not much higher than the hike to $12 per crossing that would soon be required just to maintain the aging span in its current form.
The first release featured praise from three former Westchester County executives, including Al DelBello, Mario Cuomo’s former AG (who resigned saying the governor hadn’t given him enough to do); Andrew O’Rourke, Mario Cuomo’s (easily defeated) Republican opponent in his first re-election bid; and Andy Spano, who was defeated by the current county executive, Republican Rob Astorino, in 2009.
List 2 included several state legislators and local town supervisors. List 3 is quite a bit longer, and features even more state lawmakers, the Rockland County clerk and several Westchester County legislators.
Neither Astorino nor Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoef has yet made it onto one of these cheerleading releases.
The Republican duo recently delayed a vote key to allowing the bridge replacement to move forward, saying they needed more information. Vanderhoef quickly experienced an about face, and said he’s ready to vote yes. Astorino, who insisted he’s not trying to hold up the project, is still reviewing an environmental impact statement, which came out last week.
Also missing so far from Cuomo’s lists of Tappan Zee supporters are any incumbent members of Congress or congressional candidates. Today, Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney, who won the June 26 primary in NY-18 and will be challenging Republican Nan Hayworth in November, sought to change that, issuing a statement – which hit my inbox at 1:36 a.m. – in support of the replacement.
“I support this plan and applaud Governor Cuomo’s bold leadership,” Maloney said.
“After I left the Clinton White House I helped build my own business. I saw how valuable private sector principles and commitment can be to the public sector. Later, I created the New York State Asset Maximization Commission – to use those private sector principles to help solve our state’s infrastructure crisis, especially at the Tappan Zee Bridge.”
“This project will help grow the economy, create good jobs, and keep New Yorkers safe. I urge Congresswoman Hayworth to put partisanship aside and join me in supporting this proposal.”
Update: At 9:19pm the Cuomo administration put out a press release announcing support from dozens of lawmakers for the Tappan Zee Bridge project, and topping the list was Rep. Nan Hayworth, who actually penned an op-ed supporting a new bridge back in February.
Rare is the moment that Maloney passes up an opportunity to tout his Clinton White House experience.
He usually doesn’t trumpet the fact that he served in the Spitzer administration, but this press release notes he “spearheaded the use of public private partnerships in infrastructure projects”, “was the author of Governor Spitzer’s Executive Order 11, which created the New York State Asset Management Commission, and was the chief liaison to the Commission for Governors Spitzer and Paterson.”
Interestingly, Maloney was NOT endorsed by Cuomo prior to the June 26 primary, even though the governor is a Westchester County resident. (There was brief confusion leading up to the primary about who represents the governor in Congress; Cuomo himself thought it was Hayworth, but it turns out to be Rep. Nita Lowey).
Cuomo made a few last-minute endorsements in the hours before the primary, backing Rep. Charlie Rangel, who successfully held off multiple challengers, including Sen. Adriano Espaillat; and Assemblywoman Grace Meng, who’s running in a newly-drawn district in Cuomo’s native borough of Queens.
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