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City Council Says Paterson Shortchanging NYC Medicaid

Thursday, March 05, 2009

City Council members are decrying the way Governor Paterson allocated federal stimulus Medicaid money, saying the city deserves more than the $1.9 billion it's getting. Council members held a hearing on the stimulus money, hearing testimony from Bloomberg administration officials. They say they calculate that Governor Paterson shortchanged the city by $200 to 500 million. Brooklyn Councilman Lew Fidler says Albany frequently doesn't give New York City its fair share of funds. A spokesman for the state budget office says the city's allotment of the stimulus funds is in line with federal and state guidelines.

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