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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.

Cuomo Re-elected to a Second Term

by Jeff Coltin
Andrew Cuomo

Jeff Coltin, WFUV News

 
Promising to take the state higher than ever before, Andrew Cuomo's been re-elected to a second term as Governor of New York. The Democrat was widely expected to cruise to victory as Cuomo outspent Republican challenger Rob Astorino nearly 10 to 1. In Manhattan last night, Cuomo talked of a unified New York.

Morning Brief: October 31

by Kris Venezia
Candy House.

Moyan Brenn, Flickr

Halloween gives everyone an excuse to enjoy some delicious candy and dress up in fun costumes. While New York City may not offer some of the traditional trick-or-treating that suburbs do, there are still great places to go to take the kids for candy. [AM NY]

Weather 

Today, partly cloudy with a high of 58, and tonight, cloudy with a chance of rain late, low of 49. [Full Forecast]

NY Democrats Get Letter Pressuring Them to Vote

by Associated Press
Vote Sign.

hjl, Flickr 

New York's Democratic Party is writing to registered Democrats telling them that unnamed organizations are monitoring their neighborhood's election turnout and that the party will want an explanation if they do not cast a ballot.

   The letters went out to about 1 million voters this week ahead of Tuesday's election. It represents a get-out-the-vote tactic that is being used increasingly around the country by both parties.

   The letters note that "who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record."

New York Program Will Support Ebola Medical Volunteers

by Associated Press
Ebola Medical Staff.

Army Medicine, Flickr 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a plan Thursday to encourage health care professionals to travel to West Africa to treat Ebola patients by guaranteeing that they won't lose their jobs or benefits while they are overseas.

   De Blasio said it's incumbent on New York to play "a lead role in recruiting and supporting medical professionals" because the city and state are home to so many top-rated hospitals and medical schools.

   The initiative is modeled on benefits provided to military reservists.

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