Jameson W. Doig
"Philip Plotch combines a terrific story with a relentless search for evidence and doses of humor to give us a first-rate portrayal of the political process at work. He recounts the efforts over several decades to replace the aging Tappan Zee Bridge. Through three decades of struggle and failed plans, three governors—George Pataki, Eliot Spitzer, and David Paterson—kept the project alive though often on a 'death watch.' Plotch reveals how Governor Andrew Cuomo picked up the torch, manipulated the facts where he thought it necessary, and overcame many obstacles to begin construction."
- Jameson W. Doig, author of Empire on the Hudson and Metropolitan Transportation Politics and the New York Region
David A. Paterson
"Plotch has tremendous insight into the challenges of building extraordinarily complex projects in difficult political and fiscal climates. His professional experience and probing questions have enabled him to help explain Planet Albany—a place where thought defies gravity."
- David A. Paterson, Governor of New York, 2008-2010
“Even with my lifelong interest in traffic congestion, I had much to learn from Politics Across the Hudson. What resonated most with me is the extremely lengthy process of conflicting viewpoints among the many agencies involved in our transportation systems. Nothing gets done fast.”
- Anthony Downs, author of Stuck in Traffic: Coping with Peak-Hour Congestion, Economic Theory of Democracy, and Inside Bureaucracy
Journal of the American Planning Association
“Philip Plotch's political history about the replacement of New York's Tappan Zee Bridge should be on the bookshelf of planners and other practitioners, elected officials, community members, and students engaged in or entering megaproject and urban politics debates."
- Book review by Karen Trapenberg Frick, University of California, Berkeley
Robert E. Paaswell
“The Tappan Zee Bridge has been a symbol of infrastructure inaction in the U.S. over the last several decades – until now! New York State's Governor Cuomo has found the way to overcome the bickering among the many stakeholders and actually get to construction of the much needed replacement for this obsolescent and heavily used structure. How he did it, and how decades of issues stood in the way, are well told by Dr. Philip Plotch. This is a treatise for policy makers, planners, engineers, community leaders. Plotch has brought to light the genius in how to get big things done. It should go on your shelf next to your copy of Caro.”
– Robert E. Paaswell, Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering (City College of New York) and Director Emeritus, University Transportation Research Center
“Plotch’s analytical skills are top-notch and his writing is incisive and succinct. He writes with a historian's attention to detail, a political scientist's interest in theory, and a public policy scholar's fascination with how the sausage is actually made.”
– Jeffrey Smith. Assistant Professor of Politics and Advocacy, The New School, New York