Assemblyman Skoufis secures AIM funding for South Blooming Grove and Woodbury in state budget
Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Woodbury) announced that he helped pass the 2018-19 state budget, which includes Aid and Incentives for Municipalities (AIM) funding for the villages of South Blooming Grove and Woodbury. AIM funding provides direct state aid to local governments. Prior to his taking office in 2013, the villages of South Blooming Grove and Woodbury did not receive AIM funding due to the fact they are among the state’s newest municipalities.
“As I do every year, I made sure our 2018-2019 budget included AIM funding for South Blooming Grove and Woodbury so they can continue providing vital resources and services without burdening local taxpayers,” Skoufis said. “Unfortunately, these villages do not automatically receive this funding, but have to fight for it every single year, creating financial uncertainty for residents. I’ll keep working to make AIM funding permanent for these villages and, at the very least, ensure that they receive their fair share of funding each year.”
The state budget provides $19,000 for South Blooming Grove and $27,000 for Woodbury, which is consistent with last year’s final budget funds.
Skoufis previously authored legislation to make AIM funding permanent for cities, villages and towns incorporated after 2005, including South Blooming Grove and Woodbury, (A.2321-A of 2015). The bill passed both houses, but was vetoed by the governor.