$2.9 million of prostate cancer research money undistributed in New York state

According to a report on the USA Today web site yesterday, nearly $2 million of taxpayer-designated money collected since 2005 for prostate cancer research remains unused for such research.

The article by David Riley of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle states that that

… since 2005, New York taxpayers have donated $1.8 million through their income tax returns to aid the fight against prostate cancer, but researchers have yet to see …

any of these funds. Worse still, the total amount theoretically designated for prostate cancer research that is undistributed is actually $2.9 million, including $1.8 million in taxpayer-designated funds, nearly $1 million in state matching funds, and just over $100,000 in interest.

The details of why this money has not been utilized for the original intent appear to be, at best, “murky”. According to Riley’s article,

… the Department of Health has made numerous attempts to set up a plan and administrative process to release money to the nonprofit, …

However, a spokesperson for the New York Department of Health has described these attempts as “unsuccessful”, which sounds to us like a pretty lame excuse for a failure to execute on a promise to voters. The supposedly great State of New York needs to get its act together … and soon!

2 Responses

  1. There is a major flim-flam going on here. The sole “charity” that the money by law is designated to go to is located in Santa Monica, California? What! And it has is not registered as a charity with the IRS. Who are the principals of this organization and why were they designated to receive these funds when New York has so many existing charities such as Sloan-Kettering and a half-a-dozen other cancer research centers.

  2. Dear Jack:

    The charity in Santa Monica is the Prostate Cancer Foundation and it is most certainly registered as a charity. It is also the largest single private funder of prostate cancer research in America, and it has sophisticated processes for awarding research grants.

    It is the charity that was supposedly to be set up in New York by the state that appears never to have been registered. That charity would have had complete control over how the money was actually utilized, but it has never been appropriately set up. The “flim flam” appears to be among the politicians and administrators in New York.

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