- Federal officials have given final approval to the state’s $5 billion Tappan Zee replacement plan, clearance that allows the state to choose a design-build team and get construction started. Last October, the plan was one of 14 infrastructure projects across the country that the Obama Administration named as top priorities. “I believe the Tappan Zee is leading the race,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters this morning.
- Drivers who repeatedly drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol will now permanently lose their licenses under new DMV regulations the governor announced today, reports Jessica Bakeman with Gannett’s Albany Bureau. Under the current rules, drivers with multiple offenses lose their license for a period of time, but can get it back.
- In a bit of local transportation news, my colleague Alex Weisler reports that starting next year, commuters in New Castle will be able to re-charge their meters through a smartphone app or hotline.
(A North Castle police officer walks up to a vehicle during a DWI checkpoint late Friday night on Route 128 near Wampus Pond in Armonk Sept. 7, 2007. ( Frank Becerra Jr. / The Journal News )