Ritchie Spokesman Says Tug Hill Back In Play
Jim Reagen, the spokesman for Sen. Patty Ritchie, said today that the Senate and Assembly have jointly agreed to $1.1 million in funding for the Tug Hill Commission for the upcoming state fiscal year.
The commission has helped keep village and town governments small by offering an array of planning, zoning and grant work - the kind of consolidation that Gov. Andrew Cuomo advocated for in his budget address.
Nevertheless, the govenor proposed defunding the agency in his executive budget and remains the major obstacle to the group getting state aid in the upcoming fiscal year.
Three-way negotiations on the budget are expected to continue up until the April 1 deadline.
The $1.1 million fund, Reagen said, represents about a 10 percent cut to last year's funding level.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Watertown, NY