New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority responded angrily to an audit by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli that accused the transit agency of giving Apple Inc. an inside advantage for a lease for prime retail space at Grand Central Terminal.

"The comptroller's audit staff clearly has no understanding of how high-profile commercial real estate works, given the shockingly inaccurate and clearly biased audit they issued," MTA chairman Joseph Lhota said in a statement. "The MTA's lease process with Apple was open, transparent and followed both the spirit and the letter of the law."

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