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The State's Mayors Seek Additional Financial Aid

By Mark Scott

Albany, NY – Mayors from around New York are asking the state Legislature to provide more financial aid for their cities.

The state Conference of Mayors met in Albany Tuesday to discuss the worsening financial situations of the state's cities. According to a survey, three out of four upstate cities report they're in worse financial shape this year than they were last year at this time.

Conference President Ellen Polimeni, mayor of Canandaigua outside Rochester, asked state lawmakers not to forget them. The leaders of the Senate and Assembly committees which oversee local governments say they'll do what they can in these difficult fiscal times.

The mayors say they continue to be adversely affected by such things as state mandates, a declining property tax base and rising personnel costs.

The mayors say their state revenue sharing aid was slashed in half by then-Governor Cuomo ten years ago. They say their long-term goal is to restore such aid to late 1980s levels.