STATEMENT FROM MAYOR STEPHANIE A. MINER ON 2014 NEW YORK STATE EXECUTIVE BUDGET PROPOSAL

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Mayor Stephanie A. Miner released the following statement today upon learning the details of 2014 New York State Executive Budget proposal:

“In this year’s Executive Budget Proposal, Syracuse’s Aid and Incentives to Municipalities (AIM) funding will remain stable at $71 million. This represents the largest single revenue stream for the City of Syracuse. In addition, I have spoken to the Governor’s staff today and they have agreed to work with us to find solutions to our infrastructure needs.  The Executive Budget also made funding investments in education, including universal pre-kindergarten and afterschool programming, a top priority. Statewide universal Pre-K ensures every child, no matter their zip code, has access to the key foundational, academic, and readiness skills they need to succeed as lifelong learners.”

“While we still have much work to do to address the high costs of pensions and healthcare, the main drivers of expense to local governments, this year’s Executive Budget keeps our funding for cities stable and begins smart investments into infrastructure and education which will pay long term dividends to all New Yorkers.

I look forward to working with the Governor in the weeks ahead to pass this budget and continue our productive discussion on the needs of municipalities.”