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New York Officials Keep Recipe for Shared Pork Confidential

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In New York government, the Code of Silence is a written document, signed by key aides for the General Assembly, the Senate and the governor when they meet to divvy up the pork – $200 million in special projects that are allocated annually. The Rochester Times Union obtained a copy of the 2005 “memorandum of understanding” in which the officials who did the dividing agreed treat information on the proposed projects as confidential except with the agency that must spend the money. (4/17/06)