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County officials decry late state payments

This past January, Warren County borrowed several million dollars because state reimbursements were over two months late.

Warren County Treasurer Frank O'Keefe has warned county supervisors that payments are likely to be just as tardy this coming January, if not worse, than in 2009.

This week, Gov. Paterson announced he was withholding 10 percent of reimbursements to municipalities and school districts for various programs, many of them mandated

Monday, county officials discussed options they might have to undertake in response to the late reimbursements, whether it was planning for more borrowing, or reducing the services for which the payments were being withheld.

Tuesday some county Supervisors suggested cutting programs regardless of their mandated status - because the state was withholding and delaying payments.

County Attorney Paul Dusek warned that such action might be contrary to state law.

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