Congress added a provision into fiscal-cliff legislation that passed in the early hours of New Year’s Day that extends the issuance of tax-exempt liberty bonds, authorized for New York in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The New York Liberty Development Corp., a division of the state-controlled Empire State Development Corp., issues the bonds, with loan payments from the companies securing them. Congress created the program in March 2002.

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