Skoufis bill would make Legislature identify grant sponsors

State Sen. James Skoufis has introduced a bill in response to a $2 million grant that Senate Republicans gave Kiryas Joel in 2017 that would require the Senate and Assembly to identify which lawmaker obtained each grant awarded through the pork-barrel State and Municipal Facilities program.

Lawmakers normally are eager to take credit for funding they distribute in their districts, but Senate Republicans – then the majority party – initially omitted the $2 million grant from their online notices and then refused to identify the sponsor when the Times Herald-Record asked about it in 2018 (former Republican Sen. Bill Larkin represented Kiryas Joel at the time, but said he didn’t request the funding for street repairs in the village). They eventually issued a belated grant notice that attributed the funding to the entire, 31-member conference – the only grant out of 1,416 the Senate had issued that concealed its sponsor’s name.

The one-line bill introduced by Larkin’s successor on Monday would require disclosure of each grant sponsor’s name.

“As Chairman of the Senate’s investigations committee, I’m determined to fumigate Albany of its smoke and mirrors, and if someone isn’t willing to put their name on a legislative grant, that grant should be stopped in its tracks,” the Woodbury Democrat said in a press release about the forthcoming bill in February.

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