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AIM funding for towns, villages could get overhaul with state task force

The Aid and Incentives for Municipalities (AIM) program provides state aid to all communities across the state that aren’t New York City.

Altogether 137 towns and villages benefit- many of which are located in rural communities. Critics of the program say that with funding flat, its become more-and-more inequitable in terms of providing real relief for those communities.

Sen. Jeremy Cooney and Assemblyman Jon Rivera sponsored a bill that would create a task force to re-examine the funding formula.

The bill passed, but now it awaits Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature.

The Cooney/Rivera bill, (S5418c/A6601a), establishes an AIM redesign task force comprised of stakeholders and lawmakers. The task force would analyze the formula and recommend changes.