The state Senate's one-house budget resolution will include a boost in aid to municipalities funding for local governments — an increase that's being proposed as Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called to keep the spending flat.
The added Aid and Incentives for Municipalities funding (AIM) is backed by Sen. Jim Gaughran, a Democrat from Long Island and the chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee.
Last year, lawmakers had to fight to keep the funding intact after Cuomo proposed slashing it.
Local government officials have long called for an increase in direct aid from Albany, which they say is necessary to prevent tax increases or cuts to services on the local level.
"For many local governments, AIM funding is the only funding they receive from Albany. This year's Senate one-house budget bill will include an increase in AIM funding, essential assistance that funds critical programs and services including senior services, public safety services, mental health initiatives, youth programs, public infrastructure, and more," Gaughran said in a statement. "As a former county legislator and town councilman, I understand the struggles many municipalities face in providing top-quality services without burdening taxpayers, and I will continue fighting to ensure municipalities receive their fair share from Albany."
The one-house budget resolutions issued by the Senate and Assembly each year do not carry as much weight as the budget proposal by the governor. Nevertheless, the documents are considered roadmaps for where lawmakers are staking out their stances in their budget talks.
The state budget is due to pass by March 31.