At a time when government is shrinking, the new office overseeing New York’s public authorities is looking to expand. The Authorities Budget Office, created under reform legislation last year, wants to add four new staff members in the near term as the agency writes regulations over the next six to eight months.

“It’s going to take some bit of time to initiate all the responsibilities we have under the new act,” said acting director David Kidera. “We’d like to go faster but given it’s only been six months and we only have six people, I think we’re doing remarkably well.”

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