Via the New York Post (HT Empire Report):

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.

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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.

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