In a historic showing of bipartisan coalition building, state Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I,Ref-Watertown) and dozens of Town Supervisors and Mayors from across St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties have sent a letter to Gov. Cuomo outlining the need for a complete restoration of Aid and Incentives for Municipalities (AIM) funding in the final state budget.
Weeks ago, the governor released the details of his Executive Budget Proposal, including a glaring omission of $49 million in AIM funding, which would have a crippling impact on local governments across the region. This slash in funding would put local officials at odds when they begin to balance their respective budgets and decide what services for residents of Northern New York may be on the chopping block. In response, Walczyk reached out to the governors office urging them to restore the funding to our communities.
Since the governor proposed a seven percent cut to AIM funding in his budget proposal, Ive heard from numerous officials, all of whom have expressed their concern with the executives proposed cuts to AIM, which allows cities, villages and towns to provide necessary services that residents rely on, said Assemblyman Walczyk. Im thrilled to have this bipartisan support from our local leaders from across Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties. Im looking forward to working with the governor to restore these critical AIM funds, which will help keep the Front Yard of America a great place to live, work and raise a family for generations to come.
We depend on AIM funding in the state budget to help us provide the key services Antwerp residents depend on day in and day out, said Robert Desantis, Mayor of Antwerp. Im pleased to add my name to this letter to Gov. Cuomo to help hammer home how important this funding is to the North Country.
When funding for programs like AIM get slashed, it puts local governments, like Louisville, in a difficult position as we work to balance our budget and ensure that essential services can be delivered to town residents, said Larry Legault, Town of Louisville Supervisor. Id like to thank Assemblyman Walczyk for his efforts to restore this funding and Im proud to have added my name to this letter.