NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- ArtsWestchester will celebrate the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge at its upcoming annual gala by honoring the integral work of key individuals who helped to make the new bridge a reality. The celebration will take place on Saturday, November 18 at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester in White Plains.
With the theme, “Celebrating a Work of Art,” ArtsWestchester will honor Jamey Barbas, P.E., New NY Bridge Project Director of the New York State Thruway Authority, and all of The Men and Women Who Built the Bridge, including engineers, contractors, trades people, unions, managers and others who worked on the bridge. Terry Towle, president of Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC, will accept the award on their behalf. In addition, ArtsWestchester will present Special Recognition awards to Dr. Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of The Business Council of Westchester, and Andrew P. O’Rourke, Jr., Educational Outreach Coordinator for the New NY Bridge Project for the New York State Thruway Authority.
“The Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge is both a metaphor and a work of art,” said Janet Langsam, CEO of ArtsWestchester. “Its grace and grandeur mark the historic passage across the Hudson River. It is a beacon for residents and travelers, a symbol of the connectivity between Westchester and the Hudson Valley.” She continued, “We are thrilled to be honoring the men and women who are building the bridge.”
Jamey Barbas explained, “I believe designers of civil works, like artists, should aspire to create uplifting, aesthetically pleasing, awe-inspiring works. The new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge spans the great Hudson River with elegance and fits gracefully within the landscape it frames.”
“Vision and teamwork are the key ingredients of a public work project of this scale and importance,” Towle said. “On behalf of the 7,000 men and women who are working to build this bridge, we are proud to be building a critical piece of infrastructure that supports the community and is an iconic piece of public art.”
Gordon said, “Having worked long and hard for ten years advocating with the business community for a new Tappan Zee Bridge, it was a tremendous honor to witness the opening of this magnificent new structure which is critically important to the future economic vitality of the entire Hudson Valley. This is an excellent example of the Business Council of Westchester’s ongoing commitment to economic development in our county and region.”
Additionally, O’Rourke, Jr. said, “The educational outreach that I manage for the New NY Bridge project strives to create moments for teachers and students to connect about how to design and build a bridge. I get to spark the imagination of students helping them envision the engineering process that is all about innovation and creative thinking. The process is a place where art and science connect.” Andrew continues, “It has been a great joy for me to work on this project.”
The honorary chairpersons for ArtsWestchester’s 2017 Gala are Ross J. Pepe, president of the Construction Industry Council of Westchester and Hudson Valley; and Edward Doyle, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester and Putnam Counties. The event’s dinner chairperson is George Troyano, President & Publisher of The Journal News.