In dining halls, meeting rooms and other public forums throughout New York, Gov. Mario M. Cuomo and Comptroller Edward V. Regan have spent the past six weeks waging a fierce public debate over the merits of a jobs-creating bond act proposed by the governor during his State of the State Message in January.

For Cuomo, a Democrat, the Jobs for the New, New York Bond Act is the centerpiece of his economic development agenda. Under the proposal, the state will sell $800 million in general obligation bonds to finance infrastructure projects throughout the state.

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