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NY Senator Webb and Assemblymember Kelles Announces Increase in State AIM Funding – Funding Will Aid City of Cortland For New Fire Truck


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New York State Senator Lea Webb (NY-52) and Assemblywoman Anna Kelles (AD-125) announced Tuesday that the state budget includes $6 million in Aid and Incentives to Municipalities (AIM) in funding for Cortland and Tompkins County.

This allocation is more than 7% higher than what was included in last year’s budget. AIM funding has remained flat since its last increase back in the FY 2011-2012 State Budget.

The strengthened AIM funding will see over $2.2 million go to the City of Cortland and nearly $3 million for the City of Ithaca, which itself is around an 11% increase from the prior budget for each city. The City of Cortland is expected to use a portion of the funding to purchase a new fire engine for the City of Cortland Fire Department.

Cortland Fire told X101 News they are looking into purchasing a new truck that can serve both as an engine and a ladder truck. The type of truck is called a Quint Fire Truck, which houses an aerial device, pump, tank, and other necessary equipment for firefighters. Cortland Fire Chief Wayne Friedman says the department is looking at all options before making a decision including cost factors, ensuring the department won’t have issues if other trucks are down for maintenance, and more. The City of Cortland has been looking to replace their 1995 aerial truck along with another engine from 2010.

“I am thrilled that we were able to deliver a long-overdue increase to AIM funding in this year’s budget to give our municipal leaders some flexibility as they complete important infrastructure projects in our cities, towns, and villages. Our municipalities rely on AIM funding to maintain their infrastructure and make necessary improvements. It is time to update the AIM formula to reflect inflation and revenue shortfalls facing our communities in the wake of the pandemic.”

Said Senator Lea Webb.

Cortland County saw its 15 towns and 3 villages receive an uptick of 7% in AIM funding, nearly $50,000 of which went to the Town of Homer. Tompkins County saw $55,000 go to the Town of Dryden and over $90,000 to Ithaca.

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