Murray passes resolution, trying to end disparity in AIM funds from state

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 January 2017 at 3:39 pm

The Murray Town Board passed a resolution on Tuesday asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature to end the large disparity in AIM funding between cities and villages.

The Town Board moved on the issue on Tuesday, a day after Orleans Hub urged local municipal boards to pass resolutions about the gap in per capita funding with Aid and Incentives to Municipalities. There is a huge gap in per capita AIM funding between cities ($277 per resident on average) and villages and towns (an average of $7 per resident).

John Morriss, the Murray town supervisor, said Murray has passed similar resolutions before and wants to press the issue again.

Morriss, a Holley resident, said the village has aging infrastructure, and tries to offer a quality services with police, streets, water, sewer and other quality of life issues.

“In little Holley our waterlines are antiquated and the roads need to be fixed,” Morriss said. “We have a lot of older people and they don’t have the extra money to pay.”

The town resolution was sent to Gov. Cuomo, State Assemblyman Steve Hawley and State Sen. Robert Ortt.

“We gladly passed it,” Morriss said. “If they can’t out it on the table to discuss, it will never go anywhere.”

To see the article Monday about the AIM disparity, click here.

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