City of Rochester
(Tuesday, January 28, 2014) – I want to commend State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli for proposing that the state should increase state aid to municipalities, which remains flat at $715 million in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget.
In today’s Capital Confidential blog on the Albany Times Union website, Comptroller DiNapoli said: “If the state is in a position, and this is the decision of the Governor and Legislature, to start allocating enhancements in certain programs because of the stresses that our municipalities, especially our cities, are facing, perhaps it’s also time to look at those formulas to see if there might be a way to help.”
As I said Monday at the Joint Legislative Hearing of the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees, Rochester receives the lowest amount of per capita AIM funding among major upstate cities. It is time to replace the current flat-rate system with a formula-based system that takes need and other factors into consideration. I call on our legislative leaders in the strongest terms to take up this task for the betterment of the entire state.
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