State budget delays cause many Bronx programs to become financially tied up

(07/10/04) THROGS NECK - The state budget is more than three months late. Without it, Bronx officials are uncertain about the amounts of money they can spend on certain programs.

Leaders from the city's teen summer job program want to hire more Bronx teenagers, but they cannot do the hiring without dollar figures from the state budget. The program is waiting for more money from the state.

Additionally, Bronx homeowners do not know if they can count on a $400 property tax rebate check. The City Council and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have already approved the measure.

A lack of a budget is also affecting Bronx college-bound students who do not know how much tuition assistance will be available for them.

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