(WBNG) — Southern Tier officials are worried cuts seen in other parts of the state could be coming to our area.
State Senator Fred Akshar told 12 News Governor Andrew Cuomo is cutting AIM funding by 20% to 12 different cities across New York. AIM, or Aid and Incentives for Municipalities, makes up a large portion of the money local towns and villages get from the state.
While none of these 12 cities are here in the Southern Tier, Akshar said sooner or later, we will start to feel the effects of these cuts as well.
“They’re large cities, Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester; It’s caught my eye because I see the direction the train is travelling and I know it’s only a matter of time before it starts affecting places like Binghamton,” Akshar told 12 News Wednesday.
The state will save about $74M with these cuts. Akshar said if the state is so determined to save that money, he’d like to see the funds come from other programs, like tax breaks to movie companies or publicly funded political campaigns.