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Governor Andrew Cuomo held his final cabinet meeting of the year where he talked about his upcoming agenda and a recent spat with New Jersey at the Port Authority. Time Warner Cable News reporter Zack Fink has the story.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- It's been two months since Governor Andrew Cuomo faced reporters in Albany. And on Monday, he was asked about several outstanding issues including the recent flap at the Port Authority.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's top two appointees at the bi-state agency recently resigned over allegedly fabricating a traffic study at the George Washington Bridge to punish a local New Jersey mayor for not endorsing Christie for re-election. The closing of lanes led to a huge traffic jam on the first day of school in September.

"To the extent there was misbehavior by officials at the Port Authority, I think that has been addressed by the recent resignations," Cuomo said.

The governor was also asked about whether New York State will allow a controversial gas drilling method known as hydrofracking. It's been under review by the state health department. Cuomo once said the review would be made public before the end of his first term, but appeared to back away from that claim.

Cuomo said, "It's one of the most important decisions we will make as a government with far-reaching consequences, good and or bad, so we want to make sure it's done right."

Recently, Cuomo's tax commission recommended a series of tax cuts for homeowners in New York State. The administration is now emphasizing that it's also aimed at New York City and not just the suburbs.

"While the commission didn't recommend this, some members of the commission actually petitioned the governor to think about a renter's credit and the governor has been clear that he is in support of a renter's credit to achieve proportionality," said New York State Budget Director Bob Megna.

Finally, the governor touched on his priorities for the upcoming legislative session that begins in January.

Cuomo said, "We will have fewer higher priorities that we will focus on. But you are up there in the top tier when you we talking about economic development, taxes and the Moreland commission and reform."

The governor says the first half of the legislative session, up until the budget is due April 1st, will focus on economic issues such as tax cuts. This will also likely be the period when New York City mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's plan to tax wealthier New Yorkers in order to find pre-k is also considered. The second half of the session is when other priorities will be addressed such as ethics reform.

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