Schmitt, municipal leaders blast proposed aid cut

Republican Assemblyman Colin Schmitt stood with local officials at a press conference at New Windsor Town Hall on Thursday to denounce Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to eliminate a modest state aid stream for most towns and villages.

Cuomo’s budget would zero out the annual payments through the Aid and Incentives for Municipalities program, or AIM, for any towns and villages for which AIM payments last year amounted to less than 2 percent of their previous budgets. That means 75 towns and villages in Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties, with New Windsor set to lose the biggest amount – more than $121,000.

“It is unacceptable to cut AIM funding in this year’s budget,” Schmitt said in a statement after the press conference, noting that the aid cuts would total $3.3 million in Orange and Rockland counties.

State officials reply that cities get the bulk of AIM funds and will continue to do so, as will towns and villages that rely more heavily on the aid. They also argue that towns and villages that lose the funding will make up for it through increased sales tax from internet purchases, and also can get state matching funds for shared-service arrangements with other governments.

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