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.
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.
Updated: March 31, 2018 07:39 PM
Created: March 31, 2018 09:05 AM
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