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Local officials outraged over possible elimination of state aid

(WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal for 2020 would eliminate the Aid and Incentives for Municipalities (AIM) funding, and that does not sit well with some of our elected officials.

A bipartisan group of 20 officials joined Binghamton Mayor Rich David Friday to protest the cuts, which are expected to eliminate $1.4M in funding for towns and villages in Broome County.

State Senator Fred Akshar said removing AIM, which the governor’s office projects will save about $60M statewide, is a signal to upstate towns that the government in Albany does not care about them.

“This is worse than an assault. 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,” Akshar said.

12 News reached out to the governor’s office, and a spokesperson sent the following response:

“The median impacted AIM payment is only $14,000 while the Budget includes $225 million to match local government savings through the shared services program and $390 million in new local sales tax revenues by eliminating the internet tax advantage.”

Here is a comprehensive list of all of the impacted municipalities, and how much funding they stand to lose:

Town of Barker: $20,019
Town of Binghamton: $27,806
Town of Chenango: $89,033
Town of Colesville: $41,822
Town of Conklin: $43,942
Town of Dickinson: $34,578
Town of Kirkwood: $31,884
Town of Lisle: $10,995
Town of Nanticoke: $10,725
Town of Sanford: $10,736
Town of Union: $305,209
Town of Vestal: $159,963
Town of Windsor: $46,045
Village of Deposit: $15,118
Village of Endicott: $312,430
Village of Johnson City: $183,682
Village of Port Dickinson: $23,482
Village of Whitney Point: $7,214
Village of Windsor: $8,169

Josh Rosenblatt

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