ALBANY. N.Y. (NEWS10) – Sixty-two cities and greater than 500 villages in New York all got here along with one objective on Monday, to safe state funding for his or her communities.
Mayors everywhere in the state becoming a member of forces to make sure their cities usually are not forgotten on this yr’s government price range
With out everlasting state funding, they declare their cities are being held hostage.
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan says a $12.5 million hole persists within the metropolis’s finances, regardless of slicing prices during the last 4 years.
“If we eradicated our complete division of recreation, if we eradicated all of our particular occasions, we nonetheless wouldn’t even get to 1 / 4 of what we would wish to chop to make up that $12.5 million,” Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan stated.
The town secured the funds final yr, however it isn’t included on this yr’s government price range.
Mayor Sheehan finds herself again in entrance of the legislature making the identical case for everlasting state funding.
With out it, lies an unsure future for metropolis staff and taxpayers, based on the mayor’s workplace.
“The Metropolis of Albany can’t proceed to be held hostage by this yr after yr.”
Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul notes the chance for funding via the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiatives and Financial Improvement Councils however that everlasting state assist will not be believable.
“We now have to price range yearly and this yr we’ve got a serious deficit,” Hochul stated. “We had surpluses a number of years in the past so it’s slightly exhausting to foretell the readability of what the longer term goes to appear to be. Having an annual authorization is acceptable.”
Native officers are additionally feeling that strain of a harassed finances.
Mayor Gary McCarthy is urging the state to allocate an additional $5 million to the Metropolis of Schenectady.
On the finish of the day, he says it’s about leveling the enjoying area.
“If you examine us to a few of our sister cities in upstate New York, they get much more cash on a per capita foundation. We’re additionally trying to get rid of that inequity within the Assist and Incentives for Municipalities (AIM) formulation.”
If lawmakers need an on-time deal, they should approve a price range by the April 1 deadline.