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October 27, 2011

Robert Moses standing over the East River, with his United Nations project in the background.

MTA and the Port Authority

  • Some insights into Governor Cuomo’s recent MTA and Port Authority appointments. [Capital NY]
  • Chris Ward talks about running the Port Authority. [Downtown Express]
  • The MTA’s new executive director stopped by a board meeting yesterday, just “to observe,” and had to deal with unhappy MTA employees and labor leaders, as well as a ranting man who accused the board of being “computer illiterate” and had to be escorted out of the meeting by security. [NY Post]
  • Two doctors, a former union president, and seven former railroad workers were charged in a “massive fraud scheme” in which hundreds of Long Island Rail Road workers made false disability pension claims, possibly costing a federal pension agency about $1 billion. [NYT] [Gothamist]
Economic development
  • The Troy IDA approved a $1.27 million tax break stretching over 20 years for the redevelopment of a historic building. “We gave them what they asked for,” a board member stated. [TU]
  • A Queens manufacturer is losing its property to make way for a bridge, and it’s threatening to leave the state to get more subsidies having trouble working out a relocation deal with ESDC, the NYC EDC, and the Suffolk County IDA. [Queens Courier]
  • The NYC EDC held the city’s first food manufacturing expo to connect immigrant entrpreneurs to bokers and buyers. “Food manufacturing is a growing sector of the City’s economy,” Mayor Bloomberg said, “and today’s expo will further strengthen the connections between the established industry and new start-ups.” [Mayor’s Press Release]
  • ESDC is providing a $500,000 capital grant and nearly $1 million in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits to help the expansion of a bleach product production line in Niagara Falls. [Niagara Gazette]
  • The Nassau County Local Economic Assistance Corporation, a local public authority LDC, will provide up to $205 million in financing for two Nassau County hospitals and up to $22 million for a developmental disabilities service provider. [NY Real Estate Journal]
  • Oliver Stone and HBO are making a movie about Robert Moses! [Gothamist]
  • “CSEA today blasted Ulster County Executive Mike Hein’s plan to use a local development corporation to operate Golden Hill Health Care Center for 2012 before selling the facility in 2013, pointing out that New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has proposed outlawing municipalities’ ability to use LDC’s solely to lower government operating costs.” [CSEA Press Release]
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