LI institutions struggling after Paterson's veto
Dozens of Long Island institutions, including libraries, museums and social service agencies, say they are feeling the sting of Gov. David Paterson's (D-N.Y.) recent veto of about $200 million in grants.
The Lindenhurst Library spent some $40,000 to upgrade its computer system and was expecting to be reimbursed from a state grant. A few days ago, however, the grant ended up on a list of 7,000 special budget items that Paterson vetoed.
Unless legislators override the governor's veto, Lindenhurst will be forced to raise property taxes to make up the $40,000.
State lawmakers are expected to vote next week whether or not to overturn Paterson's veto.