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New York Senate Republicans Say They're in Ethics Talks

by Associated Press
Sheldon Silver.

Azi Paybarah, Flickr 

New York's Senate Republicans say they're "actively engaged" in talks with Gov. Andrew Cuomo aimed at ethics reforms, calling for "full transparency" but without banning outside income.

   Majority Leader Dean Skelos says they're aiming at "a comprehensive package" of reforms to restore New Yorkers' trust in government.

New York to Provide Company Grants, Tax Breaks

by Associated Press
Governor Cuomo.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Flickr 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration on Thursday awarded a new round of grants and tax credits worth an estimated $709 million for 852 projects expected to create jobs.

   The announcements, which drew hundreds of municipal and business representatives to Albany, are for the fourth year of regional economic development programs. The 10 regional counsels made presentations to state officials in bids for funding.

Port Authority Approves $7.8 Billion Budget

by Associated Press
Port Authority NY/NJ

Jason Kuffer/Flickr

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has approved a budget for 2015, days after the agency implemented its fourth scheduled toll increases at bridges and tunnels.

   The Port Authority on Wednesday said the proposed $7.8 billion budget holds operating expenses to $2.9 billion, a 1.8 percent increase over 2014 and at or below the rate of inflation. The agency says the increase will be offset by increased occupancy at the redeveloped World Trade Center site.

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