City Officials React to new New York State Budget


Some mixed reviews from local city officials about the new New York State Budget.

They’re disappointed they aren’t getting any additional operating aid, but they’re glad to see an increase in state aid for roads and bridges. At tonight’s Elmira city council meeting, City Manager Kimberlee Middaugh said AIM funding, also known as aid and incentives for municipalities, unfortunately will remain the same as previous years.

“It is unfortunate that we are still looking at the same amount of state funding that remains stagnant as far as the aim funding is concerned in this budget,” Middaugh said.

This outcome was already anticipated when making this year’s Elmira city budget.

Corning City Manager Mark Ryckman adds that while AIM funding was reduced for the City of Corning a few years ago, the school districts have seen increases in funding.

“Our AIM funding was cut 7.5 percent six or seven years ago,” Ryckman said. “It’s never been restored. The school districts have seen routine increases. In fact, this year the Governor supported $1.5 billion in new school aid state wide, but zero increase for the cities.”

Although both cities are disappointed in this outcome, they are glad to see additional funding that will go to road and bridge repairs throughout their communities. Middaugh says the Bridge New York and Pave New York program will receive $800 million statewide over the next four years for local roads and bridges, which they say is greatly needed.

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