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Governor, Legislative Leaders Hash Out Stimulus Spending

By Mark Scott

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Albany, NY – Legislative leaders met with Governor David Paterson in Albany Wednesday to hash out how to spend New York State's share of the federal stimulus package.

New York is receiving more than $24 billion in stimulus funding. Governor Paterson said decisions will need to be made soon on selecting the transportation, sewer and water and broadband projects to receive funds.

Paterson said time is of the essence. Spending decisions will need to be made soon because federal officials have sent the message to either use it or lose it.

Mayor Byron Brown was in Albany earlier this week for meetings with the Governor and lawmakers. Brown says the city of Buffalo is ready with a variety of projects.

At Wednesday's leaders meeting, Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco echoed a comment made by President Obama in his address to Congress the other night that they can't afford to waste one dollar of the stimulus package.