Paterson declares emergency over Champlain Bridge

 

By KIM SMITH DEDAM
Press Republican Staff Writer
October 22, 2009



CROWN POINT — Gov. David Paterson has declared a state disaster for Essex County over closure of the Champlain Bridge, which is expected to expedite repairs and financial relief.


The response echoes a similar declaration Tuesday by Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas.


At Paterson's direction, New York has established a toll-free hot line for residents and businesses and opened an outreach center at the Visitor's Center, the former tollhouse beside the bridge.


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