New York City decides not to fight for more tobacco money.
New York City has decided not to fight New York State for a bigger share of the $25 billion the state will get from the national tobacco settlement, Giuliani administration aides said on Monday.
In mid-July, New York state's second highest court had upheld Gov. George Pataki's proposal to divide the windfall with local governments. Monday, August 16, was the deadline for New York City to file an appeal to fight for a bigger share of the settlement funds.
"We have decided not to appeal,'' said Lorna Goodman, a spokesman for the city's corporation counsel. She declined further comment.
Edward Skyler, a spokesman for New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, said: "We have determined to go forward under the terms of the settlement under which the city will receive $6.7 billion over the first 25-year period.''