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Report: Dolan Irked After 'Done Deal' Falls Through in Albany

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New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan is blasting state lawmakers for not approving a tax credit that he believed was a "done deal."

According to the Daily News, the bill in question would have offered up to $300 million in tax breaks to people who give money to schools and other educational groups.

Dolan and other Catholic bishops said the tax credit would help boost scholarships for parochial schools.

The plan had the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos.

But Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver disagreed, saying the credits would take money away from public schools.

The News says Dolan sent a letter to more than 70,000 Catholic families to vent his frustration with Albany.

He says in part, "With some chagrin, I have to admit that a ‘done deal’ in Albany apparently does not mean what you and I think it means – that something will actually get done."

A spokesman for Skelos tells the paper that the Senator will keep fighting for the tax credit.

Cuomo's office says the governor remains supportive, while Silver declined to comment. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP