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Three appropriation bills still being scrutinized by Cuomo

ALBANY -- Fiscal conspiracy theorists rest easy.

While the Cuomo administration says it still is going through the details of three massive appropriation budget bills passed last week by lawmakers, there are no plans to perform line item vetoes.

The administration notes that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo does not sign into law the three appropriations bills -- totaling 2,453 pages -- that accompany separate "language" bills dictating how much of the appropriated funds are to be spent. The appropriation bills, the administration reminds folks, automatically became law when the separate language bills were adopted last week.

But the governor does still have the power to veto individual spending items in the appropriation bills -– and there are thousands of them in excess of $100 billion pertaining to aid to localities, capital projects and state operations. The deadline on any such vetoes is April 11.

But an administration spokesman did not signal the prospect of vetoes of bills -- measures the governor already said he publicly supports. The spokesman said "normal procedures" are being carried out by the budget division to ensure no mistakes were made in the three pieces of legislation.

--Tom Precious

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