Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday he would unilaterally approve $16 million in flood aid to property owners in the Mohawk Valley and Niagara County, without calling lawmakers back to Albany.
So just where is that money coming from? Cuomo wasn’t totally sure when asked by reporters in Herkimer on Wednesday.
“There is no line item appropriation for this,” Cuomo said. “That’s why we’re working with the Legislature, but it will come from within the budget.”
Later in the afternoon, Cuomo’s office pointed to a piece of the State Operations portion of the budget, which includes $200 million for “services and expenses to prevent, deter, or respond to acts of terrorism, disasters, or other emergencies.”
The budget item allows the funds to be “suballocated, transferred, or allocated” to any state agency, as long as Cuomo’s budget director gives it an OK.
Here’s the relevant section, courtesy of Cuomo’s office: