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Dinolfo, Local Leaders, Call On Albany To Reverse Cuts That Would Hurt Taxpayers

Dinolfo, Local Leaders, Call On Albany To Reverse Cuts That Would Hurt Taxpayers

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo was today joined by local Town Supervisors and Village Mayors to call on Albany to reverse cuts to the Aid and Incentives for Municipalities (AIM) program as proposed in Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s 2019-20 Executive Budget. Under Cuomo’s proposal, over 90% of towns and villages across New York would see their AIM funding fully eliminated. In Monroe County alone, 28 of 29 towns and villages would lose AIM funding in full, for a cumulative cut of over $3.3 million in funding for local services.

“State aid to municipalities represents a drop in the bucket compared to the Governor’s $176 billion budget proposal, but this funding makes a big difference for our towns and villages as they work to provide vital services and protect local taxpayers,” said Dinolfo. “If the State Budget is enacted as proposed, nearly every town and village in Monroe County would face cuts totaling $3.3 million. These dollars will have to come from somewhere, whether they are pulled from services like parks and public safety, or even out of the taxpayer’s pocket. That’s why I am calling on Governor Cuomo and the Legislature to reverse these unfair cuts and provide the full funding our residents deserve.”

Since 2011, New York State funding for AIM has remained flat at $715 million annually, accounting for less than 3% of the State’s $171 billion current year budget. For fiscal year 2019-20, Cuomo has proposed slashing AIM funding by $60 million. The proposal would cut AIM funding entirely for 1,328 of the State’s 1,465 towns and villages; all large cities would retain their full AIM funding allocations, as would select towns and villages statewide. If the budget is enacted as proposed, the Town of Irondequoit would lose $613,000, the Town of Greece would lose $439,000, the Town of Henrietta would lose $261,000, and twenty-five other Monroe County towns and villages would lose a combined $2.02 million in the coming year.

“At a time when local municipalities are already doing more with less, Governor Cuomo’s proposed $60 million cut to the AIM Funding Program will place a critical burden on both the Town of Perinton and communities across Monroe County,” said Supervisor Ciaran Hanna, of the Town of Perinton. “This proposed cut would deal our towns and villages a hard hand, potentially impacting the quality of life services that our residents expect and deserve. I am proud to join my partners in government in urging the Governor and the State Legislature to reverse these cuts and better serve taxpayers in Monroe County and across this state.”

“AIM represents the last source of State funding available to many villages,” said Mayor Richard Milne, of the Village of Honeoye Falls, “We join a chorus of other municipal leaders who deem this budget cut regressive and punitive, and we urge our legislators to make sure AIM funding remains in the state budget.”

The Executive Budget proposal will now be reviewed and potentially altered by the New York State Legislature prior to final enactment. The deadline for State Budget passage is April 1.