Concern over the burgeoning deficit borrowing needs of New York municipalities has prompted the comptroller's office to seek legal authority to review all bond issues slated to finance budget shortfalls, sources say.

The state comptroller's office last week asked bond counsel Thomas M. Rothman, a lawyer with Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City, to come up with "boilerplate" language giving the state comptroller the authority to review all deficit financings issued by Mr. Rothman's clients.

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