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News of Otsego County

AIM funding

As NY State Spends, Counties Can Expect Cuts, Seward Warns

As NY State Spends,

Counties Can Expect

Cuts, Seward Warns

Senator Briefs Reps, Q&A Follows

Senator Seward raises a warning at this morning’s county board meeting: The state is looking to close the budget gap at counties’ expense. Seated up front are, from left, Clerk of the Board Carol McGovern, chairman David Bliss and county Attorney Ellen Coccoma. In the foreground, from left, are county Reps. Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, and Adrienne Martini and Gary Koutnik, both Oneonta Democrats. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Seward greets Rick Brockway of Laurens, who is running for county rep in District 3. Brockway sat in on this morning’s meeting.

COOPERSTOWN – The state Legislature’s ambitions are going to be paid for at the local level.

That could be the lesson members of the Otsego County Board of Representatives took way from the Q&A this morning when state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, reported as follows at the board’s monthly meeting:

• The state Legislature has reduced AIM funding (Aid & Incentives to Municipalities) to the state’s 1,326  towns and villages by $59 million.  Every municipality in Otsego County, except the villages of Laurens and Otego, will feel the cut.  For Otsego County, that will take the form of a $331,320 withholding of sales tax revenues by the state Comptroller’s Office.

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