WASHINGTON - New York City officials are upset that the city is being lumped in with Philadelphia and Bridgeport, Conn., in a New York Stock Exchange inquiry into securities firms' holdings of the bonds of troubled cities, a top city finance official said yesterday.

"With all due respect, we think our situation is very distinguishable from their's and we fail to understand the method by which these cities were selected," said the official, who asked not to be identified.

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