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August 23, 2011

A cable and pulley system has been constructed on the Verrazano Bridge in preparation for repainting.

  • Subject to Senate confirmation, Jim Madison is the new Executive Director of the Thruway Authority. Madison previously served as Governor Pataki’s principal liaison to the Thruway and the Department of Transportation. [Times Union]
  • Madison will apparently have some ethics issues to deal with in his new job. According to a report from the Inspector General, “three New York State Thruway Authority managers… supervised employees who were related to them and engaged in other conduct with respect to their relatives which implicated the anti-nepotism provision of the Public Officers Law and Thruway policy.” [NYS Inspector General]
  • The NYC Economic Development Corporation has some ethics problems too. As the Daily News reports, the authority “paid a board member’s firm a broker’s fee and awarded millions of dollars in contracts to a company that employs a top official’s wife.” [NY Daily News]
  • But who cares about ethics when you’re creating jobs? The EDC says it’s going to bring 1,300 permanent jobs and 400 construction jobs to Brooklyn as part of a project to renovate an old warehouse it just bought from the federal government.  [U.S. Gen. Services Admin.]
  • The MTA is actually making money selling merchandise for the new teal-colored T line, which is already the tenth most popular subway even though it doesn’t exist yet. [Gothamist]
  • It’s only going to take 12,000 gallons and three layers of paint to refinish the Verrazano Bridge. The 2-year contract will cost the MTA $19 million. [NYT City Room Blog]
  • Did the Port Authority really need to raise fares in order to compensate for decreased bridge and tunnel traffic? Or was there another reason behind the toll hike? [The Torch]
  • The Buffalo waterfront is getting a full-service restaurant, thanks in part to a $200,000 in financing from the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation. [Buffalo News]
  • And the Public Authorities Control Board approved ESDC’s IBM headquarters project. [NY Div. of Budget]
  • Finally, here are some updates on the BART censorship protests. [AP]  [NYT]
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