New York State and its local governments this month received more than $804 million in tobacco-settlement money -- the largest single payment made to the state under a settlement that ended numerous lawsuits filed nationwide against the tobacco industry, Attorney General Eliot L. Spitzer said Thursday.
The state received $412 million, New York City got $214 million and the rest was divided among the state's 57 other counties, Spitzer's office said.
In 1998, tobacco companies agreed to pay $206 billion over 25 years in a "global master settlement agreement" with 46 states, the District of Columbia and certain territories.
The state received a total of $956 million in multiple payments in both 2002 and 2003. Since 1999, it has received more than $5.3 billion.