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Assembly proposes state aid increase

The budget from the state Assembly majority includes a 10 percent increase in aid to municipalities compared to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget.

“I am pleased the Assembly budget will include a much-needed increase in Aid and Incentives to Municipalities (AIM) funding to cities, towns and villages," said Assemblyman Phil Steck, D-Colonie, in a statement. "This increase will help local governments reduce the tax burden on local property taxpayers."

The proposed increases are available below.

In his district the city of Schenectady is getting bumped up by $1,254,287 to $12,460,281 and Niskayuna is getting an additional $11,380 and would be at $113,055.

" I will work with my colleagues in the Assembly and Senate to make sure that this funding remains in the final budget," Steck said.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, said in a statement, "“With so many communities still struggling to fill budget gaps after cutting costs and doing more with less, it’s the state’s turn to help out."

Included in his district is another $2,312 for Duanesburg,$19,414 for Rotterdam and $320,866 for the city of Amsterdam.

"I fought to increase Aid and Incentives for Municipalities in the Assembly’s budget ... which will
hold steady over three years," Santabarbara said. "Although this modest increase is not a cure-all for our communities, it will help ease the pain."

According to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, the increase would be about $220 million for the fiscal year.

“Our budget would provide necessary funding to local government programs that have not seen increases in state aid for the last several years,” Silver said in a statement. “My Assembly colleagues and I are very concerned about the fiscal challenges that New York’s localities have had to face for the last several years. We are committed to doing everything we can to help local governments get through these lean economic times.”

In Saratoga County the changes means $184,651 more for Saratoga Springs, $10,979 for Clifton Park and $2,868 for Malta.

This funding will only be enacted if the state Senate, which hasn't introduced its version of the budget, and Cuomo agree.

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