- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The size of government in New York state is now a little smaller thanks to the exorcism of 36 so-called “ghost” authorities and agencies.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law Monday to eliminate 36 inactive local development agencies. The list includes government authorities that were created to oversee urban renewal projects or industrial development.

The agencies were no longer needed because they had either accomplished their goals or were never actually established in the first place. All 36 had no outstanding debt or obligations.

Cuomo says eliminating the “ghost authorities” is a necessary step toward making government more efficient.

The former authorities included a community development agency in Southampton, an urban renewal agency in Tarrytown and an industrial development agency in Rotterdam.

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