The release of the information last month in response to a lawsuit filed by the Albany Times Union showed that Republicans, who control the Senate, far outspent Senate Democrats in 2006 in Queens in discretionary spending on pet projects.The Senate and Assembly each distributed about $85 million in such funds to nonprofit and other organizations, most often in the legislator's home districts.In the borough the two Republican senators brought home about $4.4 million for favored projects, while the five Democratic senators had a little less than $1 million to dole out this year.The two spokesmen each blamed the other's party last week for the failure to post online Democratic member items for the three years prior to the 2006 fiscal year even though Republican items for those years were available.Senate majority spokesman Mark Hansen said Democrats did not supply their list of member items to the Republicans, who control the Senate Web site. "The bottom line is they didn't provide the information," he said.But Kyle Kotary, a spokesman for the Democratic minority leadership, strongly disputed Hansen's account, saying Senate Democrats released their information earlier this year as paper documents."It is very disappointing to hear that from the Senate majority when they know not only that we released our '06, '05 and '04, we encouraged them to do the same," Kotary said. "And they did not release (their member items) until after they were sued."As a delegation, Maltese and Padavan sent about $4.4 million to the borough, while the Democrats had about $951,000 to distribute. Albany watchers said a mixture of seniority and political dealings explained the differences within each party.Sen. Frank Padavan (D-Bellerose), elected in 1974, directed $2.3 million to local groups, many of them historical and educational institutio
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