Pedestrian bridge gains political backing
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AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- It's been in the works for several years, and on Saturday, Congressman Paul Tonko continued with his pledge to bring a pedestrian bridge to Amsterdam.
Joined by the city's mayor, as well as administration officials from Governor Cuomo's office, Tonko reiterated why he thinks Amsterdam needs this bridge. He discussed the importance of connecting downtown Amsterdam to the recreation trail by means of the planned pedestrian bridge. And going along with that, Tonko said the bridge can only help the city's overall mindset.
"I think that's important. It builds within us not only an awareness of history, but a sense of place-esteem. And just like self-esteem builds the fabric of an individual, and a community in a cumulative sense, so does place-esteem. To know that where you visit, where you call home, where you were born, where you work is a powerful place," explained Rep. Paul Tonko, (D) 21st Congressional District.
Ann Thane, (D) Amsterdam Mayor said, "It's hugely important for us, because it makes Amsterdam a destination. We've seen this kind of activity be very successful around the country and actually in the state as well, in Poughkeepsie."
While the bridge has the backing of several city officials, some say the city could find better things to do with the $16.5 million allocated to build it.