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December 5, 2017
"It seems to me that once we put the money in, somewhere, somehow, somebody decided to create parameters for the money, including… the [$500,000] matching grant. Who decided that the process to get the $10 million would require a matching grant program?" asked Assembly Member  Daniel O'Donnell, Chair of the Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development, as he addressed the Executive Director of the New York State Council on the Arts' Mara Manus during the Annual Budget Oversight Hearing to review the impact and effectiveness of New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) grants awarded throughout the State. Assembly Member O'Donnell, concerned that small cultural organizations would be ineligible to apply for grants awarded in 2017 went on to say, "It is highly distressing to me that there is a bureaucrat somewhere that no one knows their name, and no one can call them, would put limitations or conditions on money when they weren't the people that put it into the budget-we were."  PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE