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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) A judge has ruled that Nassau County failed to show a New York State fiscal watchdog exceeded its authority when it blocked its efforts to pay for tax refunds and hire outside consultants.

Supreme Court Justice Thomas Adams dismissed the county's lawsuit on Tuesday.

The judge also said the county's attorney didn't challenge the Nassau Interim Finance Authority's rejection of contracts to pay for Nassau's bond counsel and Albany lobbyists in a timely manner.

According to Newsday, Nassau attorney John Ciampoli plans to re-argue the case.

NIFA Chairman Ronald Stack didn't returned a call for comment Thursday.

The lawsuit was filed in March.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com