State offers financial relief to those affected by bridge closure

"I am pleased the governor has reacted to the difficult situation resulting from the Crown Point bridge closure," she said. "Our rural businesses face many struggles in the best of times. This assistance program will help our neighbors get through the lean months until a permanent bridge is completed."

Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said: "This is very good news for the businesses that have been devastated by the closure of the bridge and for the number of employees who depend on it for their livelihood. I think it's evident that Gov. Paterson and our state representatives realize the severity of this crisis and we certainly appreciate all they are doing to help us through this."

Ticonderoga Supervisor Bob Dedrick lauded the announcement.

"What the governor has shown with this package is that he has listened to the fears and turmoil that many of the business have gone through because of the closure of the bridge and he has reacted to those concerns and given them hope," he said. "Because of this generosity, businesses will be kept open and this will help get them through an extremely difficult time in their lives."

Barbara Brassard, executive director of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, said: "Small businesses will find this very welcome news. This assistance is necessary to keep area businesses on their feet as we continue to tackle this crisis. The chamber will continue to work with the governor and our elected officials to address the needs of the businesses impacted by the bridge closure."

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