State officials: No public corruption anticipated in Tappan Zee Bridge project

The $3.9 billion project's contract includes huge penalties for delays and a potentially huge windfall for the contractor if the work is done on time or ahead of schedule. (4/9/13)

YONKERS - One week after six politicians were arrested on corruption charges, state officials say they do not anticipate any problems with corruption surrounding the Tappan Zee project.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a new bill Tuesday that would create a new class of public corruption crimes and enhance New York prosecutors' ability to crack down on public corruption across the state. People who are found guilty under the legislation would be barred for life from bidding on state contracts.

Sen. David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) says it is critical that the Tappan Zee Bridge project be shielded from craft, kickbacks and corruption of any kind.

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Carlucci says he is committed to working with the governor and his colleagues to make sure it doesn't happen.

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