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On Monday August 11th, Governor Paterson released a new round of budget proposals. Among the $1 billion dollars in potential cuts were $250 million in cuts in local assistance. The proposal would reduce local aid to over 50 programs. The largest impact would be in areas like early intervention, (Article 6) public health programs, foster care and probation, all of which are mandated.
The New York Association of Counties (NYSAC) has issued a press release urging State Leaders to protect property tax payers. In their press release NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario said, “Let’s be clear here. They are cutting the reimbursements for programs that county governments are required by state statute-to deliver.” “If we are going to make the hard choices to address the current economic situation, then we need to reduce state programs and services, not simply shift more costs to property taxpayers.”
Alan Lomita, Chairman of the