Pork-barrel spending in New York legislature

Pork lives in Albany, but it’s on its last legs -- at least in its traditional form. Democrats in the state Assembly are awaiting final approval to allocate about $16.6 million in old, unspent member-item grants dating back to 2003, which are slated to go to select non-profits and local governments picked by individual lawmakers. While those funds are being spent down, the Legislature last week also detailed how it plans on spending $110.6 million from the State and Municipal Projects Fund, a $1.2 billion pot of grant money Gov. Andrew Cuomo and individual state lawmakers can direct to chosen local governments or schools, but not non-profits.
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