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NEW JETS STADIUM GETS FIRST STATE APPROVAL

The Empire State Development Corp. board approved plans Tuesday for a 75,000-seat New York Jets stadium on Manhattan's far west side.

The board is controlled by Gov. George E. Pataki, a stadium supporter, so approval of the $1.9 billion project was expected. The stadium remains subject to approval by the Public Authorities Control Board, another state panel, where passage is less assured.

The board's action followed a public hearing and comment period and initial adoption of the general project plan last November.

If it is built, the stadium will serve as a home for the Jets and for the 2012 Olympics, should the city win its bid to host the Games.

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