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Links roundup—extended edition

January 24, 2012

The budget

  • What’s in the proposed state budget for public authorities? [Div. of Budget]
  • State budget plan carves out $5 billion for new Tappan Zee Bridge. [Journal News]
  • Questions surround Cuomo’s $15 billion fund for infrastructure. [Star Gazette]
  • Cuomo’s $15B infrastructure plan hailed, but some question funding sources. [Journal News]

Economic development

  • A company that received tax breaks from the Erie County IDA for decades and then moved to Rochester with help from the Monroe County IDA is being accused of job piracy. [WNED] [YNN]
  • Hundreds of union members protested this weekend about the Niagara County IDA’s subsidy policies. [Niagara Gazette]
  • Bronx in a ‘food fight’ with New Jersey over potential site of new Fresh Direct headquarters. [NY Daily News]
  • Report: States Lack Sound, Consistent Policies to Enforce Job‐Creation and Other Performance Requirements in Economic Development Subsidy Programs [Good Jobs First]


  • MTA chief Joe Lhota wants to tackle the subway’s “broken window” problems by repainting stations, making other cosmetic improvements, and getting rid of rats. [2nd Ave. Sagas]
  • Lhota also says that the MTA needs new tax revenues, which could possibly come from an expanded MTA sales tax, public private partnerships, or tax increment financing. [Streetsblog]
  • Speaking of rats, the Transport Workers Union launched an online subway rat picture contest. [Animal NY]
  • And speaking of the Transport Workers Union, talks between the union and the MTA have stalled, with the union accusing the authority of bad faith negotiations. [NYT]
  • Transit agencies grapple with the need for wider seats. [NYT]


  • The ABO has agreed to audit the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and investigate the cause of its budget problems. [Artvoice] [WGRZ]

Port Authority

  • Port Authority chief Pat Foye wants the authority to return to its core mission after the “mission drift” that followed 9/11. [Capital NY]
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