Made in NY honors Falco, 'Sesame Street'

Fourth annual awards presented Monday

NEW YORK -- Edie Falco and "Sesame Street" were among the honorees of the fourth annual Made in NY awards presented by Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion on Monday night.

Also among the honorees: Broadway composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda; Gerry Byrne, senior vp for the Entertainment Group at Nielsen Business Media, of which The Hollywood Reporter is part; commercial production firm Hungry Man; and the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, a not-for-profit advocacy organization. Sesame Street celebrates its 40th anniversary this fall.

Bloomberg quipped that while others roll out the red carpet, his team had brought out the red Muppet.

The mayor said the film and TV industry is "critical" to the city, and he made reference to a still-pending new New York City tax credit package. "We look forward to working with the industry to extend the credit in a fiscally responsible way," he said.

The Bloomberg team recently presented a plan to extend tax credits at 4% rather than the current 5%, and the industry had made a 5% proposal. But recent chaos in Albany has proved as a detraction.

Also at hand were Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert Lieber and Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting Commissioner Katherine Oliver.