Sen. Greg Ball pledged yesterday to restore a handful of grants to local non-profits that were vetoed from the state budget last week, but wouldn’t say how that will be done or where the money would come from.
Ball found himself in an awkward situation last week when Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed 122 member items—known as “pork”—from the state budget. Cuomo said the grants stemmed back to previous budgets but were redirected from one recipient to another this year, and therefore constituted new pork-barrel spending, which he opposed.
Among Cuomo’s vetoes were grants to a handful of groups in Ball’s Hudson Valley district, including $18,000 to the Peekskill American Legion and $20,000 to the Teatown Lake Reservation that Ball had prematurely presented to the groups in the form of an oversized, ceremonial check. Other grants were redirected to the Brewster Little League, the American Legion Argonne Post 71 in Putnam County, and the Northern Westchester and Putnam County chapter of Disabled American Veterans.
In the halls of the Capitol yesterday, Ball said the groups will still get their funds—potentially through other grants available in the state budget. But he declined to say exactly how that money would be secured, or exactly where it would come from.
”I’m not going to get into specifics,” Ball said. “I can tell you that the organizations will definitely get the dollars. It’s unfortunate that the governor made the veto because these are old dollars that were unencumbered and didn’t represent new monies.”
“It will certainly take a little bit longer to get it to them, but we’ll get it done,” he added.