Officials rally to restore AIM funding cut in Cuomo budget

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NORTH BABYLON -

Officials rallied Friday to restore Aid and Incentives for Municipalities, or AIM, funding cut in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget.

Tom Nolan comes to the senior citizen center in North Babylon every day. He says he's concerned about bus transportation to the center being scaled back. Town officials say those are the kinds of cuts they'll have to consider because of a loss in state aid.

Cuomo's proposed budget eliminates millions of dollars in AIM funding to localities.

Town supervisors and mayors from across Long Island are calling on Cuomo to restore the funds on which they rely annually.

With 13 towns and dozens of villages, the impact on Long Island will be significant. Statewide, the cuts total around $59 million. About one-third of that aid -- $19 million -- was earmarked for Long Island.

The village of Northport stands to lose $60,000. The mayor says it's a lot for a small village.

Long Island's state lawmakers say they'll fight to get the money restored in the state budget before the April 1 deadline.

The governor's budget director says funding is being cut only to municipalities where state aid equals less than 2 percent of their overall budget. He says they could take from their reserve funds to make up the difference.

Extended footage: Officials rally for Aid and Incentives for Municipalities

 

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