The Phantom Vetoes

An aide to Governor Pataki clarified the situation on the Yankees and Mets stadium: the combined $150 million is still in the budget. But the budget had the appropriations down twice, so the Governor vetoed one set of them, as a reader of Ben Smith’s blog suggested.

The Governor is also committed to seeing that Atlantic Yards get the full $100 million coming from the state, the aide said. That means that, in addition to the $66 million budget appropriation, Pataki will make up the difference by applying some of his discretionary funds to the arena-and-housing complex or through other means.

So much for fiscal belt-tightening.

Matthew Schuerman The Phantom Vetoes