BRADENTON, Fla. - Behind the scenes for the past few weeks, officials at the New York Insurance Department intervened at the request of Alabama Gov. Bob Riley in the negotiations aimed at preventing Jefferson County from filing the largest municipal bankruptcy ever in the U.S.

It was a strategic move by Riley that paid off. But it might be short lived if Jefferson County cannot find additional revenue to pay down a portion of the $3.2 billion of troubled sewer debt.

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