City Lawmakers Concerned Over Shrinking Stimulus Aid

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

As the U.S. Senate prepares for a final vote on their version of the federal stimulus bill, city lawmakers are worried that little of the money will make it to their districts. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Council members were crestfallen as the Bloomberg administration's Director for Operations Jeffrey Kay described how the city stood to lose hundreds of millions dollars in education aid. It was in the House version, but was zeroed out in the Senate. Queens Councilman Thomas White says there's a disconnection between the worsening economy and the anticipated federal relief.

WHITE: But we must insure these numbers have to take on the shape of some real day to day life issues that people are confronting.

REPORTER: The Bloomberg administration still hopes to get $500 million federal dollars for construction spending. That's less than five percent of the city's infrastructure budget for the current fiscal year. For WNYC I am Bob Hennelly.


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