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Ratner Getting Another Special Benefit

Bruce Ratner is one of the most generous benefactors of New York state lobbyists and it appears to be paying off. Critics of the Nets' new arena--and several columnists--are up in arms over a new provision in a housing bill that could provide Ratner with $100 million in real estate tax exemptions. The provision, written so it benefits only the Atlantic Yards project, is expected to become law.