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State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli warned on Friday that provisions contained in Gov. Cuomo’s proposed budget would strip away oversight of state spending.

In his annual review of the governor’s proposed budget, DiNapoli said the $162.2 billion spending plan released by Cuomo last month would expand the executive branch’s authority to redirect funds with little input from the Legislature.

“Several proposals raise issues regarding checks and balances over use of the public’s dollars and would diminish independent oversight,” DiNapoli said.

DiNapoli said Cuomo’s budget includes language that would allow the governor to re-shape state spending once the budget has been adopted by the Legislature, including the reallocation of money to other state agencies and public authorities.

The budget also has a “lack of clarity” regarding spending levels and would also place additional constraints on DiNapoli’s ability to review certain contracts and debt issuance. “Eliminating these provisions creates risk of misuse of such resources and higher costs for taxpayers.”

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