Report: Paterson Doled $16.7M In Grants Last Week

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A published report says New York Gov. David Paterson doled out $16.7 million in grants last week for a youth chess program and to promote a New Jersey-New York Super Bowl, among other things.

The spending reported by the Times Union of Albany on Monday was released as Paterson criticized lawmakers for failing to cut expenses to close a $315 million deficit.

Paterson’s budget office says the money was set aside in the 2008-09 budgets and allocated for specific purposes, so it couldn’t be used to avoid layoffs or anything else without action by the Legislature.

The office says the grants date to former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s spending plan. Paterson has not used about $60 million of pork-barrel spending available to him as governor.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  1. Devenio says:

    Hey CBS – how misleading is this title? So the Gov used 16.7 Million but your title makes it seem as if instead of keeping people employed, he decided to fund a chess club. This story should be taken down. It makes CBS News look dumber than it actually is. He has 80 million to waste but didn’t. Why wasn’t that the title of this story?

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