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Tappan Zee, Hudson Valley Restaurant Week among Top 5 stories for Monday, March 11
1. For the first time since Newsday broke the story about New York securing a $1.5 billion loan from the federal government, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's public pointman on the new Tappan Zee Bridge, Brian Conybeare, will answer questions from the Westchester County Board of Legislators about the megaproject's finances, local impact and jobs.
2. A plea deal in the $350,000 tax battle between Rockland County and actor Stephen Baldwin could be negotiated Monday. "The Usual Suspects" star and Upper Grandview resident may have a deal in place after a meeting in county court Monday morning, according to Baldwin's lawyer, Russell Yankwitt. Baldwin, 46, was arrested Dec. 6 and charged with felony failing to file personal tax returns for the years 2008-10.
3. Coming off a record-setting week for the Dow Jones industrial average, Wall Street will be busy absorbing earnings reports from scores of companies, including Ford, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Costco Wholesale Corp. Last week, the Dow registered four straight days of record highs, gaining 2.2 percent for the week and closing Friday at 14,397.
4. The streaking Iona Gaels hoopsters beat Niagara on Sunday and need one more win to take the MAAC championship and qualify for the big dance, the NCAA Tournament. The championship game starts at 9 p.m. Monday and will be televised on ESPN2.
5. From 42 to X20, more than 100 area restaurants are taking part in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, which starts Monday and runs through March 24. Need help deciding where to go? Check out our comprehensive guide to participating restaurants, as well as our photo gallery of the dishes available at the dining establishments.