NYS Legislature passes budget; Albany gets $12 million

March 31, 2018 07:39 PM

ALBANY - With the passing of the state budget announced Saturday, the city of Albany will receive the funds they need for essential services.

Three million of the $12.5 million granted will be restricted. Mayor Kathy Sheehan says the sum needs to become a permanent part of the budget.

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She respects Gov. Cuomo's willingness to partner with Albany, but she says she cannot continue to make unprecedented cuts to the budget to help keep the number down.

"It's a big challenge for our employees. It creates stress for them because they have concerns like, ‘Am I going to be able to provide for my family, be able to pay my rent, [or] make that mortgage payment? There's real anxiety that exists in our workforce [and] in our community. I have people stop me in the grocery store and ask me, ‘Mayor, what's going to happen if we don't get this 12 million?"

Sheehan says it has been a consistent deficit that predates Cuomo's administration and will likely cause continued stress for city employees, their families, and residents.


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