CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT KHADER ALONG WITH DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS CALLS FOR INCREASED STATE AID TO YONKERS
Yonkers, NY- March 12, 2018-- As budget season approaches in both the City of Yonkers and New York State, Yonkers City Council President Mike Khader, Democratic Majority Leader Michael Sabatino, along with councilmembers Corazon Pineda-Isaac and Shanae Williams said that increased state aid to cities such as Yonkers should be among the Legislature’s top priorities in passing a new budget for 2018-2019.
The Aid and Incentives for Municipalities program (AIM) has seen a drop of almost $30 million since 2009, while the State budget has increased by close to 40 percent since 2007.
“The reality is that municipalities such as Yonkers are facing ever increasing financial demands to provide services. At the same time, the share of revenue that Yonkers taxpayers send to Albany every year has grown significantly recently, while the aid received back from the state has dropped significantly,” said Council President Khader in a statement.
Yonkers’ annual tax contribution to New York State has increased by close to 25 percent in the last five years, through personal income and sales taxes.
“Although I recognize the myriad demands upon the Legislature as budget season approaches, I cannot stress enough how important funding for local governments is and will continue to be this budget season,” Khader noted. “Municipal governments serve on the frontlines of so many New Yorkers’ day to day wellbeing, from educating our students, to providing police and fire services, to collecting garbage. I urge the Legislature to recognize this, and restore and increase AIM funding in the forthcoming budget season.”
“The best investment government can make is the investment we make in our children,” added Councilwoman Corazon Pineda-Isaac. “An increase in AIM funding can significantly impact many children here in Yonkers and in turn have a continued positive impact in our city. It is our responsibility to make the smartest investments, but we need additional funding in order to do so. We need the State to give us our fair share.”
“The restoration of the AIM funding is very crucial to municipalities like Yonkers, and it has been far too long since this funding has met municipal needs, and we urge our state legislators to restore it to adequate levels as soon as possible,” said Democratic Majority Leader Michael Sabatino.
The Yonkers City Council recently unanimously passed a resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to increase Aid and Incentives for Municipalities funding.
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