Governor Cuomo’s proposal to change how Aid and Incentives for Municipalities funding or AIM is distributed has many local leaders united to speak out in protest.
AIM funding is given to municipalities from the state to use for whatever they need.
In Cuomo’s 176 billion dollar proposal he made it so AIM funding would only go to towns and villages that rely on it for more than 2%t of their budget.
This change would save the state sixty million dollars but affect 90% of its towns and villages.
The only Broome County municipalities unaffected would be the City of Binghamton, the towns of Fenton and Maine, and the Village of Lisle.
Multiple elected officials emphasized that the only way to make up for the loss in funding would be to raise taxes or cut services.
State Senator Fred Akshar says neither of those options are acceptable. “This is Albany going to every town and village hall, placing a bomb inside that town or village hall, closing the door and saying good luck. That’s really unfortunate and it’s unacceptable. I’m here today again to stand in solidarity with the men and women behind me to pledge my support to put an end to what is really a ridiculous proposal by this governor.”
The funding losses for local municipalities range from around $7,000 for Whitney Point up to over $312,000 for the Village of Endicott.