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Echo Chamber: The Local Chatter (April 30)

GOV. DAVID A. PATTERSON is strongly supporting the towering, cable stayed “signature bridge” designed by Chistian Menn and chosen by a 32-member selection committee two years ago. The PBA recently released a somewhat skewed press release stating that the Feds ruled that bridge was unacceptable because of Fish and Wildlife findings. “Concerned” would have been a better word than “unacceptable.” One of the things the Feds were concerned about was the shoddy study that was done on the impact to birds and fish. The bird issue was looked at for only 8 days, an insufficient length to determine what exactly the migratory patterns were. The Feds said that one cannot simply make predictions on what will happen. The PBA jumped on this as a rejection of the bridge design they’d fought against for years, anyway. The stubby little three arched bridge, the PBA claimed last week was our only alternative. Gov. Paterson, Sen. Schumer, Rep. Higgins, and several others disagree and will meet tomorrow to discuss it, a discussion the Feds are very open to.