Chris Ward Could Rebuild Cuomo’s Cherished Tappan Zee

Before he even took office, Governor Andrew Cuomo went and visited the Tappan Zee Bridge, and he has made the Hudson span an important policy priority—one that has angered some locals and transportation advocates as the project was fast-tracked at the same time that mass transit was stripped from the reconstruction plan.

Last week the Throughway Authority selected four partnerships in the running rebuild the bridge. Among them is a familiar face: Chris Ward.

As you may recall, Mr. Ward and the governor did not exactly get along, strong-willed political bulls that they both are. Now, Mr. Ward’s new employer, Dragados, is a member of one of the four consortiums on the short list to rebuild the Tappan Zee.

So could Mr. Ward’s involvement jeopardize his firm’s shot at the project? Not likely, he recently told The Observer. “Nobody else is as capable of that job as Dragados,” he said.

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