Governor Cuomo is at it again.
(PHOTO: If the City of Rye is not vigilant, this will be your new front lawn, spewing with 80,000 cars and trucks from Long Island each day.)
The governor is looking to re-ignite a proposal to burrow a tunnel from Long Island across the Long Island Sound, spewing traffic wherever the tunnel makes landfall. And one of the target destinations to receive these thousands of trucks and cars is Rye – in part because of the easy access to the I-95 and I-287 interchange.
(PHOTO: Cuomo, during State of the State, pushing his tunnel plan.)
Cuomo made mention of the plan in his recent State of the State address, and the NY State Department of Transportation released a "Request for Expressions of Interests" at the end of last week. This all comes after a state feasibility study was released in December.
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This is not new.
Efforts to build a Long Island Sound crossing date back to 1957 and included efforts by Robert Moses to push the plan, ultimately killed in the 1970s.
Then more recently in 2007 Garden City Long Island developer Vince Polimeri put forward a plan to build a tunnel that received uniform local opposition. Back then, State Assemblyman Steve Otis, then Mayor of Rye, told the local paper "I believe this proposal would have a devastating impact on all of Westchester by clogging the I-287 corridor and I-95 to parking-lot conditions."
Cuomo was back pushing the tunnel again in 2016.
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(PHOTO: Compared to other earlier visualizations including during his own State of the State, last week's "Request for Expressions of Interest" document issues by the State clearly shows the tunnel arriving right at Rye's doorstep.)
Read the Request for Expressions of Interest issued last week.
Read the NY State feasibility study from last December.