Rye resident, New York State Assemblyman and former Rye City Mayor Steve Otis, who fought the proposed tunnel in 2007, still thinks it is a bad idea.
Otis' comment to MyRye.com: "The proposed study is wider in scope than Westchester and the fact that Connecticut and New York City are also being reviewed is a positive step. However, the major transportation questions for Westchester are much broader than Rye or any other possible crossing location. When I led the opposition to tunnel proposal ten years ago it was county-wide opposition because of traffic levels on the entire length of both the I-287 and I-95 corridors that was most influential. I am confident a new study will demonstrate the same insurmountable traffic failures on these currently crowded Westchester highways and have already been in touch with state officials regarding these issues. I am sure the study will again reflect the impact of that traffic on travel, business and on all our communities and everyone will end up on the same page."
See our earlier story on the Cuomo tunnel.