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Jan 22, 2019 5:19 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Governor Cuomo Proposes Cutting State Aid To Local Municipalities

In his executive budget, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proposed cutting over $300,000 in state aid to East End municipalities by removing them from the Aid and Incentives for Municipalities state program.
Jan 23, 2019 10:55 AM

As part of his executive budget proposal for the 2020 fiscal year, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is seeking to cut $59 million from the Aid and Incentives for Municipalities, or AIM, program, which supplies state aid to cities, towns and villages throughout New York.

Locally, nine municipalities would lose a total of $333,401 in state funding—and elected officials are not happy.

The proposal calls for cutting the program’s funds by about 8.3 percent, from $715 million to $656 million, and removing municipalities that were expected to receive program funding that covered less than 2 percent of their 2017 fiscal year expenditures.

Under those terms, every municipality on the South Fork would be removed from the program, which includes both Southampton and East Hampton towns and every village within them. The only exception is the Village of Sagaponack—which is not currently included in the program.

The local funding cuts range from $2,940 to $184,491 per governing body, according to official state documents.

The Town of Southampton would lose $184,491, while East Hampton Town would lose $71,707. The villages would lose funds ranging from $2,940 in North Haven to $23,284 in Southampton. East Hampton Village would lose $14,828; Sag Harbor, $13,532; Westhampton Beach, $11,593; Quogue, $5,205; and West Hampton Dunes, $5,821.

The AIM program has provided state aid to these municipalities since it was implemented in the 2006 fiscal year budget.

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. said in a statement that the cuts would penalize towns and villages that already receive inadequate state funding. Many of these municipalities have already included the anticipated funds in their finalized annual budgets, and not receiving them could result in property tax increases, government employee layoffs and service cuts, he said.

“As lawmakers, we should be examining by how much to rightfully increase funding to localities, which has long been overdue,” Mr. Thiele said. “A reduction of AIM funding is unacceptable.”

If the Albany measure is approved, Southampton Town would have to make up for the loss of the funds, which were anticipated in its general operating budget.

“What’s upsetting about it is it was proposed after we adopted our budget,” Southampton Town Comptroller Len Marchese said. “We have very limited ways of making up that revenue, other than cutting. If it was proposed before, perhaps we would have raised taxes or other things in the budget adoption process.”

Mr. Marchese said that he and the Town Board will be considering options to make up for the loss of revenue, including possibly limiting the number of hired summer staff or raising other forms of revenue.

On January 25, Mr. Thiele and State Senator James Gaughran, chairs of their respective chambers’ Local Government Committees, will hold a rally at Huntington Town Hall calling for the restoration of the AIM funding in the executive budget. A group of bipartisan local government officials plan to join them at the gathering, according to a press release.

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Can someone explain to me how the towns on the east end are not flush with $$ A vast number of the homes are very highly priced and must generate alot of tax dollars. In the meantime there is no trash removal, no mail delivery, very few services, and only 1/3 of the homes are inhabited 12 mos out of the year. With that tax base serving very few people, WTF does all of the money go?
By PatrickKing (15), Sah Harbor on Jan 23, 19 2:00 PM
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He also just decided that DACA kids can now received State funding for a college education. Hmmm, how do you afford that? And I have no problem with DACA, in fact I believe they should have a path to citizenship but do you see how he's being "kind and generous" on the taxpayer's dime? On News12 a mom of American citizenship who also wants to send her kids to college had a good point. Is this fair?
By lirider (288), Hampton Bays on Jan 23, 19 11:57 PM
Shouldn't the best students get the scholarships in order to become the best professionals?

If we're talking about higher education as a long-term investment and not just busywork, that is.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Jan 24, 19 6:57 AM
Stop complaining, this is what NY voted for, this is what NY gets. Why do you think more people left NY more than any other state? From Montauk to Niagra Falls, from Staten Island to Cornwall it is a stinking corrupt mess.
By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on Jan 24, 19 6:53 AM
Just a reminder that the NYS is steadily rising. If you don't like it, there's the door. Enjoy Jersey!
Jan 24, 19 6:59 AM appended by Fore1gnBornHBgrown
the NYS population is steadily rising
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Jan 24, 19 6:59 AM
The only thing steadily rising in NY is the crime, taxes, cost of living, the number of elected officials going to jail and the number of illegal immigrants.

Jersey? When I leave it will be for a state with a future; the diseased liberal northeast is a dying region, run into the ground by corrupt and incompetent government.
By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on Jan 24, 19 8:54 AM
Also steadily rising, despite your attempts to obfuscate facts: the NYS population.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Jan 24, 19 9:00 AM
Can we examine the facts from the US Census Bureau and the NYS Department of Criminal Justice?
1980 NYS population - 17,558,072
1990 NYS population - 17,990,455
2000 NYS population - 18,976,457
2010 NYS population - 19,378,102

Between 2008 and 2017 violent crime in NYS dropped by 22.2%, from 77,441 to 70,565. During the same period, property crime dropped by 24.9%, from 387,250 to 290,945.

According to release # CB 18-193 (Dec 19, 2018), it is estimated that NYS ...more
By Aeshtron (431), Southampton on Jan 24, 19 10:13 AM
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Watch Chris Cuomo be given his anti Trump & anti White Man speaking points by Don Lemon nightly on CNN.
By themarlinspike (542), southampton on Jan 24, 19 11:03 AM
Also wants to legalize pot $$$ Not for medical reasons, but for TAX INCOME. Brain Dead governor, looking for more money to spend.
We have enough High people running around now... Maybe use the tax money to rehab pot smokers.
DC wants to legalize it so government people can smoke in Congress?
Still ILLEGAL by the federal government...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Jan 25, 19 10:07 AM
Last night Don Lemon brought Chris Cuomo to tears after shaming him into feeling bad about being a white American male.
By themarlinspike (542), southampton on Jan 25, 19 10:17 AM
Liberal white guilt!
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jan 25, 19 11:03 AM