With $39 million, Tarrytown station is ready for its makeover
Gov. David Paterson swept into Tarrytown today to announce that the village train station would get $39 million in stimulus funds. That’s for new platforms, heated shelters, overhead covered walkways with benches and so on.
The governor gathered with a bunch of local dignitaries — Tarrytown Mayor Drew Fixell, Metro-North Railroad President Howard Permut, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman H. Dale Hemmerdinger, among others.
Metro-North has been planning to overhaul the station for a while. It’s renovated every other stop on the Hudson Line. But when the economy tanked, the plan was put on hold, except for a $1.7 million project to renovate the train station.
With stimulus funds, it moves forward again, bringing construction jobs to the area.
At the press conference outside Village Hall, Paterson showed his sense of humor in the sweltering heat, where foreheads glistened with sweat. He told the assembled reporters that a subtext of the event lay in seeing which of the officials could keep their suit jackets on the longest. With Assemblyman Richard Brodsky already down to shirtsleeves, Paterson said, “Brodsky’s out.”
Before he opened the conference to reporter’s questions, Paterson first asked if any other politicians wanted to speak. When no one stepped up, he quipped, “No additional hot air?”
So, mercifully, we weren’t there too long.
Read more about the renovation tomorrow in The Journal News and at www.lohud.com.