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.