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September 8, 2011

A rendering of " the Oculus," which will serve as the entrance to the World Trade Center Transportation Hub.

  • The future of the U.S. Postal Service—one of the largest quasi-private governmental entities in the country—is unclear. Jon Stewart’s opinion: “we all knew this thing wasn’t going to last.” Gwen Ifill’s interview with Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando is much more informative, but not nearly as amusing. [The Daily Show] [PBS Newshour]
  • The Port Authority’s massive underground transit station at the World Trade Center will cost $3.8 billion and be the third largest transit station in New York when it’s finished. The entire 16 acre parcel had to be surrounded by slurry walls due to the high water table (the site sits on filled land that used to be completely underwater). The hub’s airy canopy entrance is also notable. [Gizmodo]
  • A woman waiting for the J train was bit by a rat on Monday morning. The MTA is looking into the incident but says that there haven’t been any other recent rat attacks in the subways. [Gothamist]
  • Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb thinks that $50 million of the funds set aside for the state’s new regional economic development councils should be diverted to help communities devastated by tropical storm Irene. [Buffalo News]
  • The Nassau Interim Finance Authority rejected Nassau County’s 2012-2015 plan update for the second time this year, citing the county’s failure to adequately deal with its $125 million deficit. [NYMuniBlog]
  • A $430 million manufacturing plant is breaking ground in Niagara Falls, thanks to a generous package of incentives including $60 million in brownfield tax credits, $9 million in Empire Zone tax credits, a $3.7 million incentive from NYSERDA for the purchase of high-efficiency equipment, and 10 megawatts in low-cost hydropower from the New York Power Authority. [Tonawanda News]
  • A look at how security polices have changed at New Jersey Transit since the 2001 terrorist attacks. [Scotch Plains Patch]

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