YU President Richard M. Joel giving Governor Andrew Cuomo an honorary doctorate.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced changes to his budget proposal on Friday that he says will help towns and villages facing state funding cuts.

Government leaders across the state have said cuts to the state’s aid and incentives for municipalities (known as AIM funding) would have a direct impact on residents.

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen thanked Gov. Cuomo for listening to her concerns and restoring AIM funding to the town. Under the state’s original budget proposal, Hempstead Town faced $3.8 million worth of cuts to state aid, the most out of any other township or village in New York state.

Gillen pressed state lawmakers in Albany on the issue Monday. She and neighboring Republican Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino wrote a bi-partisan letter to the governor calling for a full restoration of AIM funding.

“I want to thank Governor Cuomo for working with the town and restoring $3.8 million dollars’ worth of vital funding for essential services that our residents rely on,” said Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen. “Hempstead Town would have taken the biggest hit out of any other municipality in the state; therefore, restoration of this funding has been my top priority.”

Last month, Gillen directed the town’s 28 departments to identify areas of discretionary spending in each of their respective budgets to be considered for cuts. Gillen set a February 15 deadline for departments to report efforts on offsetting the $3.8 million worth of local municipal aid that would have been removed from the proposed state budget.

“We were preparing for the worst case scenario, but thankfully our efforts to restore this critical funding paid off just in time,” said Supervisor Gillen. “I’d like to also thank all of the Town’s department heads for helping to put together revised budgets in case these cuts were not restored.”


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