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Transportation Committee Update - November 19, 2013

The Transportation/Construction Committee meeting on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 contained three excellent presentations on current topics of interest to committee members.

Some highlights:

Mark Giuffre, VP of State Government Affairs, United Parcel Service presented Fuels of the Future, UPS's efforts and plan to move its trucks off oil to alternative fuels such as compressed natural gas, hybrid electric, liquid natural gas, propane, electric, hydraulic hybrid and composite body diesel.

Angel Martinez, Program Director of the Port Authority's LaGuardia Airport Redevelopment Project suspended his hands-on management of the project to join us and share the history and future of LaGuardia Airport, and the details and timeline of this redevelopment project that includes major portions under a Public Private Partnership arrangement.

Brian Conybeare, Special Advisor to the Governor on the Tappan Zee Bridge Project, returned for the third time to update the committees on the project. His last update was at our April meeting. Recently, the feds have approved an up to $1.6 billion loan for the project plus the state may seek additional federal grants through the Department of Homeland Security for certain features being built into the bridge. The total project cost is estimated at $3.9 billion.

Each presentation generated some great questions and considerable discussion with the presenters that all attendees enjoyed.

The next committee meeting will be in the Spring so keep an eye out for the save the date after the 1st of the year.