Millions in aid for Yonkers schools safe from governor's chopping block

Governor George Pataki (R-NY) scratched billions out of his state budget, but Yonkers was spared from the governor?s veto pen. Pataki, state and local leaders are celebrating bipartisan support for a

News 12 Staff

Apr 13, 2006, 9:42 PM

Updated 6,637 days ago

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Governor George Pataki (R-NY) scratched billions out of his state budget, but Yonkers was spared from the governor?s veto pen.
Pataki, state and local leaders are celebrating bipartisan support for a record school and city aid from Albany. Yonkers will receive $100 million more for its struggling classrooms, $76 million of which will repeat in years to come.
But on Wednesday, citing his need to protect taxpayers across the state, the Republican vetoed a total of $3 billion worth of spending from the budget. Claiming the Legislature overstepped its legal bounds, Pataki nixed a child tax break for families and $350 property tax credit legislators had hoped to hand out to homeowners just before Election Day.
The governor also scratched out $650 million dollars in hospital funding, however, Senator Nick Spano (R-NY) and other fellow Republicans are hoping to restore it. Spano says what Pataki vetoed was tied to the issue of Medicaid, which lawmakers hope to reach a compromise on.


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