State lawmakers are moving to set aside nearly $14 billion that could be spent next year with very little oversight or accountability, according to a government watchdog.
Citizens Union issued a report Monday called “Spending in the Shadows” that found Gov. Cuomo’s proposed budget has $4.3 billion in 60 discretionary funding pots, up $2 billion last year.
The group said the budget includes another $9.5 billion for economic development with little or no oversight.
Citizens Union director Dick Dadey charged that the system is ripe for corruption.
“We first stumbled upon this when Malcolm Smith was charged with accessing these funds,” Dadey said, a reference to the former Queens state senator who was convicted of corruption.