Award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is Senior Editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News. She has previously served as Metro Editor, Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
Mayor Bloomberg's staff has been all over the state in the last two days, slapping them upside the head for "shorting" the city Medicaid stimulus money to the tune of $200 million -- or $600 million -- depending on how severe unemployment gets in the city. (The state says its allocations are "fair and equitable.") It's not an uncommon tactic to let your deputies do the talking when you have something not nice to say. But now the mayor himself is letting the words cross his own lips, saying on his weekly radio show that he was "screaming" when the bill was being written that money should go directly to cities for this reason.
Reported here on WNYC:
Listen to yesterday's "City State Brawl Over Medicaid Stimulus" for the whole story.