Gov. Cuomo fishes for ideas on how to bridge LI Sound

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is looking gauge interest in a bridge or tunnel across the Long Island Sound with a call for input on how one would work logistically.

The idea has resurfaced repeatedly over several decades, and it has a lot of critics.

"The reason that nobody wants it in their town is because it's not going to be good for anybody's town," says Tony Tanzi, president of the Kings Park Chamber of Commerce.

Tanzi, who also lives in Kings Park, says his family has been doing business in the North Shore community since the 1940s. He says the idea that the governor might run a tunnel through his hometown bothers him.

"I think nothing good happens for Kings Park down the road from this," he says.

But despite local concerns about a decline in property values and an increase in blight, the state is forging ahead. The Cuomo administration announced Friday that it was open to input regarding engineering, environmental operations and financial considerations for such a project.

Newsday reports the state may place renewed emphasis on a tunnel from Oyster Bay to Westchester County. Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joe Saladino says that would be a mistake.

"This isn't the time to jump to conclusions, but the Town of Oyster Bay is an inappropriate place to place a bridge or a tunnel," he says. "It would affect the safety and the integrity of suburban communities."

Supporters of the plan like Brian Pittmann of Medford say a bridge or tunnel would benefit commuters and East End businesses.

"If it would take some time off the trip and not into congestion, it would be a good idea," he says.
 

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