ALBANY — Even as he urged lawmakers to help him cut spending, Gov. David Paterson last week quietly authorized $16.7 million in grants from a fund he controls — to pay for chess tournaments in New York City…
…The grants are well above traditional amounts some of the recipients usually receive from the state — such as the $500,000 for Chess-in-the-Schools Inc. for schools in New York City. It helps pay for chess competitions and supplies as well as programs to encourage college enrollment.
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