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Cuomo Strikes Back at Bloomberg
March 28th, 2011

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s spokesperson Josh Vlasto issued this statement in response to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s assertion that the city is getting royally hosed by the state budget.

“Facing an historic $10 billion deficit, the budget agreement between the Governor and the state legislature closed the gap with shared sacrifice from communities across the state. The budget not only addresses the short term crisis but also puts the state on a path of long term fiscal stability and growth. The agreement restores tens of millions of dollars in additional education aid, millions to keep senior centers open, and millions to protect the homeless. AIM aid to the city was not cut 100%. AIM aid was eliminated last year, so it is a zero percent decrease for fiscal year 2011-2012. Prudent budgeting would not have counted that as an increase. In addition, the City Department of Education has a surplus of over $300 million and the City revenue position has improved so they have much less pressure on their overall budget.

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