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August 29, 2011

MTA workers checking subway tracks in Brooklyn in the aftermath of tropical storm Irene.

  • Following the MTA’s unprecedented service shut-down in advance of this weekend’s storm, the authority managed to restore service on nearly all of its 22 subway lines in time for the Monday morning commute. The suburban commuter rail lines weren’t back in service quite so promptly, however. [NYT] [Gothamist]
  • E-ZPass toll dodgers cost the Thruway Authority $3.1 million in 2010, up 31% from 2009. [Poughkeepsie Journal]
  • The New York Power Authority has sidelined plans for an windfarm off the coast of the Rockaways in Queens. [NY1]
  • A 2.9 magnitude earthquake shook the Albany area on Saturday and prompted the New York Power Authority to inspect the Bienheim-Gilboa Dam in Scoharie County. Experts say the quake was unrelated to the 5.9 magnitude force majeur that rattled the East Coast earlier last week. [Riverhead Local]
  • The Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority was ordered to pay nearly $1 million plus interest at 3% per year to a man who injured himself when he slipped and fell on a patch of snow-covered ice while exiting the rear doors of one of the authority’s buses. Alicea v. City of New York, 2011 N.Y. Slip Op. 5358 (1st Dept. Jun. 21, 2011).
  • Municipalities and taxing jurisdictions around New York are struggling with the state’s new 2% property tax cap, and some are even threatening to ignore it. What isn’t discussed in these news reports is how public authorities and their budget magic might work into the equation. [LoHud] [The Torch Blog]
  • A primer on the Public Authorities Control Board. [Public Authorities Blog]
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