Cuomo rejecting many 2007 legislative member items

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday his office has rejected 1,026 of the 6,500 member i
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State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday his office has rejected 1,026 of the 6,500 member items that were approved by the governor and Legislature last year.

Speaking at a “Reform Day” event in Empire State Plaza, Cuomo said his office has reviewed 3,785 member-item contracts and approved 2,756 of them. He said the rejected contracts amount to 42 percent of the member-item funding so far reviewed by the attorney general’s office — but 2,700 member-item contracts “have not come to us yet.”

Cuomo took office last year and established new member-item review guidelines. He said reasons for rejection included the recipient nonprofit not being registered with the Charities Bureau and the proposed usage of the grant for general operating expenses.

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