Comptroller Edward V. Regan of New York on Friday blasted as "bizarre" and "fiscal gimmickry" state budget legislation that calls for almost $500 million of bonding for highway rehabilitation.

Legislation pending before Gov. Mario M. Cuomo would authorize the New York State Thruway Authority to sell up to $177 million of "pothole" bonds for state highway projects, the comptroller said in a statement.

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