Published On: Mon, Jan 21st, 2019

King Cuomo and the big squeeze…

Recent reports are that Cuomo's 2020 budget proposes cuts in AIM funding (Aid and Incentives to Municipalities). These cuts would affect almost every town and village in New York State; cities' funding would remain level.

I prepared a spreadsheet showing the effect the cuts would have on cities, towns ad villages in Oneida County:

Click here for a pdf copy

The Democrat & Chronicle had a recent article, "A cut in Andrew Cuomo's budget Sends town, villages officials scrambling".

Is Cuomo playing politics and looking to get a bigger "prize" by putting the squeeze on local governments or is he really serious? We won't know until the 2020 budget is finalized which could be April 1 or later.

In the meantime, New Hartford's 2019 budget has already been adopted and the town stands to loose $118,301 in AIM funding. The Village of New Hartford will lose $17,021 and the Village of New York Mills is looking at a $28,737 loss of AIM revenue.

Misicone has called a Special Town Board meeting where he plans to ask the town board to vote for bonding to purchase extra land next to the new town hall; the discussion will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 24, 2019 in the new town hall.

Will the town board be willing to gamble that Cuomo is playing "chicken" in hopes of getting some other "prize" item in the budget and AIM funding will be restored?

Will Miscione take a step back and reconsider whether or not the town "needs" more land next to the town hall which has yet to be completely finished?

Based on Miscione's lack of financial savoir faire, I am guessing Miscione will add on more debt because in Miscione's eyes HIS "small town who has no money (according to the town attorney)" absolutely "needs" the is no option. Let's not forget the town attorney's opinion in another financial matter...just do it and worry about the specifics later!

So unless either the town board gets some gumption and does not unanimously adopt a bonding resolution or taxpayers voice their opinions by attending the meeting on Thursday the bonding to purchase the land will take place.