Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today commented on the lack of transparency and accountability in this year’s budget process amid reports that grant funding is to be provided to dubious organizations. $505,000 in grant funding is set to be paid to a questionable Brooklyn-based mental health organization. McLaughlin said messages of necessity eliminate accountability and legislators’ ability to read legislation before it comes before the house for a vote. Eight out of 11 budget bills were passed using messages of necessity and delivered to members only minutes before voting commenced.
“I am not surprised that wasteful spending of this magnitude found its way into the budget once again,” McLaughlin said. “Gov. Cuomo has a habit of pushing legislation through in the middle of the night without letting us or the public read it first. Restriction of information is not a staple of a healthy government and not how New York State is supposed to function.”
“It is a disgrace to the hard-working families of New York that Gov. Cuomo and Democrat leadership tried to fund an illegitimate Brooklyn mental health organization with $505,000 in taxpayer money. We shouldn’t be finding out that most of its services are administered in other states and abroad after we voted to distribute the grant money. I am calling on the governor to immediately veto that line item, as well as the $24,000 set to go to ACORN, and return the money to the struggling families of this state.”
Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
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