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The New York Board of Estimate was not a full legislative body, but only had some authority on appropriations and land use. Other powers were vested with the City Council. The NVTA will now have some authority on appropriations & other aspects of transportation, along with bonding authority. In the absence of the NVTA, these powers would lie with the General Assembly and/or city councils or county boards.

One person, one vote applies to school boards and other educational control bodies, even when they don't have taxing authority. The test is not whether the body has all of the powers of state or local government, but whether it has some general powers and can affect the citizenry.

by TMT on Feb 25, 2013 1:07 pm • linkreport

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