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August 16, 2011

The Tappan Zee Bridge

  • Ever wonder why the Tappan Zee Bridge was built in one of the widest parts of the Hudson River? Hint: it all has to do with the Port Authority and the NYS Thruway (excuse me, the Gov. Thomas E. Dewey Thruway). [Planet Money]
  • The Port Authority needs to increase tolls because it’s losing millions of dollars on all sorts of projects. [New York Post]
  • Cuomo gets to fill board positions at the MTA, the Power Authority and the Thruway Authority. [LoHud]
  • The Fulton County Economic Development Corporation—an LDC—doesn’t think it’s a public authority, but the Authorities Budget Office says otherwise. The case will be heard in the fall in Albany. [Gloversville Leader-Herald]
  • The Public Authorities Control Board is meeting tomorrow. On the agenda: an ESDC/IBM project, a grant for the Erie County Harbor Development Corporation (an ESDC subsidiary), loans from the Environmental Facilities Corporation, some Dormitory Authority leases and bonds, and some Mortgage Agency bonds. [N.Y.S. Division of Budget]
  • The Authorities Budget Office is getting serious. [Public Authorities Blog]
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