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Governor Signs Schools Reconstruction Bill

By WBFO News

Buffalo, NY – Governor David Paterson has signed the $300 million measure that will allow the fourth phase of the Buffalo schools reconstruction project to continue.

Earlier this week, budget officials in Albany had urged the governor to veto the measure, in the face of massive budget deficit projections. State Assemblyman Sam Hoyt says a veto would have been devastating.

A compromise reduces the 98 percent state reimbursement rate in the original bill to 94 percent, which was the level for the previous three phases of the project.