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ALBANY A state fund for researching spinal cord injuries received a big boost as part of New York's new $138 billion budget after it had been raided to help close spending gaps in recent years.

The Spinal Cord Injury Research Program, which provides grants to researchers looking at ways to treat debilitating back and neck injuries, will get $7 million as part of the state's 2014-15 budget, which took effect Tuesday.

Under a 1998 state law, the fund was to receive up to $8.5 million each year through a surcharge on traffic tickets. But in 2010, then-Gov. David Paterson and state lawmakers stripped it of its funding as the state wrestled with a budget deficit of more than $7 billion.

After the spinal program received $2 million in last year's budget, some of the state's top researchers and prominent injury victims ? including Bradford Berk, the CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center ? organized to make a push for more funding this year.

"With this funding, state leaders are fulfilling a commitment to scientists and doctors who moved to New York in part because of this program," said David Carmel, a co-founder of New Yorkers to Cure Paralysis, in a statement. "It will also generate hundreds of high-paying jobs and encourage more life science companies to move to our state."