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NY gov creates panel of experts for Tappan Zee

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has named a panel of experts in architecture, engineering, art and the Hudson River to help review plans to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge.

He says Wednesday their recommendations for the multi-billion dollar project are expected by Dec. 31.

The advisory panel has no representative from environmental, toll-payer or taxpayer groups. But Cuomo says the expert environmental engineers and local government officials in the selection committee will protect those interests.

Cuomo says a new bridge would stand 100 years without major renovation.

He says continuing to repair the 60-year-old span would be almost as expensive as a building a new one.

Among those on the panel are artist Jeffrey Koons, architect Richard Meier, Metropolitan Museum of Art Director Thomas Campbell and bridge designer Keith Brownlie.

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