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Banking regulators in New York have issued the first fines stemming from the leaked Panama Papers. Mega Bank of Taiwan will have to pay $180 million for ignoring possible money laundering. This is expected to be the first of many penalties related to the discovery of widespread tax avoidance.

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Average Wall Street bonuses were down 9 percent last year to $146,200 as industry profits declined, New York's comptroller reported Monday.

Industry-wide profits decreased by 10.5 percent, the third straight yearly decline, according to the annual estimate from State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. The comptroller said revenues were weak, especially from trading and underwriting. Profits were at their lowest reported level since 2011.

The bankrupt Suffolk OTB is trying to get its plan for a Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) casino in Medford finalized before a bankruptcy court hearing in April. However, community opposition is making that difficult.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he’s fighting a proposed merger of Key Bank with first Niagara Bank. He said it would limit choice for New York consumers and could possibly violate antitrust laws

Bridgeport Library Becomes Hub For Small Business

Nov 30, 2015
Cassandra Basler

The aroma of evergreen embers filled the conference room at the Bridgeport Public Library, but it wasn’t coming from the fire that burned in the stone hearth.