New York, NY —
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.