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N.Y. Thruway Authority Has Bridge to Build and No Plan to Pay

U.S. President Barack Obama near the Tappan Zee Bridge construction at the Washington Irving Boat Club on May 14, 2014 in Tarrytown, New York.

U.S. President Barack Obama near the Tappan Zee Bridge construction at the Washington Irving Boat Club on May 14, 2014 in Tarrytown, New York.

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President Barack Obama used a photo of the Tappan Zee Bridge on his budget book last month to symbolize effective government. The New York agency building a $4 billion replacement span presents a different picture.

The Thruway Authority hasn’t publicly disclosed plans for how it will pay for the new Tappan Zee across the Hudson River, one of the nation’s biggest infrastructure projects. Its top two executives resigned abruptly on New Year’s Eve, the state inspector general is probing the agency and unions representing thousands of workers have been without contracts since June 2012.