When crafting their budgets, our local governments depend on state funding like the Aid and Incentives for Municipalities (AIM) program to provide critical services. AIM is a lifeline for localities, and a proposed cut in the executives budget would have left local officials with two options: raise property taxes or cut the essential services our families rely on every day. My Assembly colleagues and I fought hard to make sure this didnt happen, and we won that fight. The 2019-20 state budget fully restores this vital funding so our local governments arent forced into an impossible position.
More than $2.4 million will go to the villages and towns in the 21st Assembly District, from East Rockaway to Valley Stream that would have been affected by the cut, to help ensure that government operates as it should without adding to our already hefty tax burden.
Local governments on Long Island work extremely hard to do more with less and stay under the property tax cap on a tight budget. Any Long Islander can tell you our taxes are high enough as it is. Our local governments cant afford to lose this vital source of funding and this years state budget makes sure they wont.