Senator Carlucci Calls for Increasing Fines on Tappan Zee Bridge Contractors

Statement by Senator Carlucci


“It is an outrage that construction contractors on the Tappan Zee Bridge continue to break morning work deadlines that cause massive travel delays.  Their failure to ensure that lanes were reopened on time has placed an undue burden on thousands of residents who cross the span every day.  When commuters are stuck in traffic, it hurts our economy, impacts our quality of life and damages our environment. 

"According to the Texas Transportation Institute's 2011 Urban Mobility Report, in the United States alone, congestion costs more than $100 billion dollars, or $750 for every commuter in the nation, with rush hour accounting for 40% of the delay. 

"There must be a zero tolerance stand so that commuters can have faith that construction will not delay their morning commute.  I am calling for increasing construction contractor fines from $1,000 to $10,000 for every minute they break the morning work stop deadline."

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Stephen J. Reich December 05, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Has this happened a lot? I think earlier this year a crane hydraulic line blew up and caused a clean up delay(accident that happens occasionally in construction), and now this which has not been proven to be a purposeful delay. Can we give them a little break? If I am wrong and this has happened frequently and for no reason other than mismanagement, then by all means fine away. But if it is a rare accident or mistake, maybe a little restraint is in order.
Mark Walker December 05, 2012 at 03:37 AM
I was on the bridge this morning. There was a lot of standing around before they started moving their equipment. At 6:00 A.M., the police stopped traffic halfway across the bridge and held it for 20 minutes before any of the crew of the equipment even budged. No respect for the poor people going into Westchester.
Andromachos December 05, 2012 at 12:25 PM
New headline- Senator Carlucci calls for blood while demagoging inconvenience of commuters.
Maureen December 05, 2012 at 10:57 PM
David: Enough already. You were sent to Albany to fix the big stuff not get bogged down on the one day trivialities of life. Work on the State mandates and then write a blog for us reporting what you have achieved. You don't need to keep pandering for votes with minor stuff like this. We like you - ok? But now grow up and take on the big boy jobs in Albany that you need to focus on. Otherwise come back to the town clerk position in Clarkstown and we can send Justin Sweet up there in your place and see if he can do better. Stay in Albany - hanging around here is not going to be good for your political career in 2013 if you don't fix the State mandates.
Mike Hirsch December 06, 2012 at 09:38 AM
Maureen, while I basically agree with your post, you need not worry about David's political career. He has shown himself to be an astute politician and will go far. Personally, I'd like to see some leadership from him on New York's health care crisis, which is draining our economy. Families in the private sector who pay $1,500/month for healthcare do not have that money to spend on other things.


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