(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Who runs transportation? In New York, it's the Port Authority, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and the NY Thruway Authority, to name a few. The authorities are quasi-governmental organizations, funded by toll and transit revenue, with not much scrutiny of how they spend their money. In New York, authorities have often been run by political contributors, and have frequently given government contracts or leases to other contributors. My WNYC colleague, Bob Hennelly, has an excellent story on gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo's campaign finances -- and how he takes millions of dollars from obscure business entities -- a legal, but criticized, practice. Listen carefully for the NY Thruway connection.
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