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September 3, 2011

  • Repairs have been expedited for the Metro North Port Jervis line, which was hit especially hard by Tropical Storm Irene. Given the already anemic state of the MTA’s budget, the authority is hoping to get insurance payments or federal assistance to help pay for the repairs. [NYT]
  • Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown wants to use $5.3 million in funding from the Dormitory Authority to help rehab the Statler Towers, a historic building in Niagara Square. But Carl Paladino thinks that the plan would be a “selective subsidy,” and he’s already threatened to file a lawsuit if the deal goes through. [Buffalo News]
  • A review conducted by the Gannett News Service found that the Dormitory Authority and the Empire State Development Corporation approved $4.7 billion in borrowing over the last five years. [WGRZ]
  • The Environmental Facilities Corporation sponsored the annual drinking water taste test at the state fair this year, hoping to underscore its role in providing financing for drinking water infrastructure in New York. The winner was New Rochelle. [New Rochelle Talk]
  • The Battery Park City Authority was created in 1968 to oversee the construction and management of buildings in its district, and with two condominium towers nearing completion, it’s poised to celebrate the full build-out of Battery Park City this month. [Architectural Record] [NYT]
  • NYSERDA kicked off a $3 million rebate program this week for energy efficient home appliances. [WSJ] [Democrat and Chronicle]
  • The chairman of the North Country Power Authority is facing criticism for holding illegal meetings, leaking confidential information to the press, operating without board approval, and being generally unpleasant to work with. One of the chairman’s most vocal critics recently opined that “Sadly, the NCPA has accomplished absolutely nothing in its brief life. It never really got started because it was hijacked by this guy with his egomania.” [Watertown Daily Times]

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