Obama to visit Tappan Zee Bridge as G.O.P. convenes

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ALBANY—President Barack Obama will visit the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project on Wednesday as part of an administration push for more infrastructure spending, a White House spokesman confirmed.

Obama chose the Tappan Zee—which carries the New York State Thruway over the Hudson River, between Tarrytown and Nyack—to make a point about streamlined federal approval processes, White House spokesman Keith Maley said.

A $3.9 billion replacement structure is now under construction, spearheaded by Governor Andrew Cuomo and helped by a $1.6 billion federal loan that was approved in October. There is already visible progress on the replacement structure.

Obama's visit coincides with the opening day of the Republican state convention in nearby Rye, where Westchester County executive Rob Astorino will be formally designated as the party standard bearer. Maley said the presidential visit was part of a week-long effort to generate support for a new transportation funding bill when the current spending program expires in the autumn.

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“President Obama and his administration are focused every day on what we can do to expand opportunity for every American,” said Maley. “In today’s economy, that means building a first-class infrastructure that attracts first-class jobs and takes American businesses’ goods all across the world.”

It's unclear whether either Astorino or Cuomo, a Democrat, will attend the event with Obama. Cuomo has joined Obama on most of his previous official visits to the Empire State.