No Mandate Relief?
Governor Cuomo got the attention of leaders across New York State today, when he said no more mandate relief is on the way, and local governments have to balance their books on their own
October 22, 2012
Southern Tier (WENY) - Governor Cuomo got the attention of leaders across New York State today, when he said no more mandate relief is on the way, and local governments have to balance their books on their own. Here in the Twin Tiers, leaders are shocked, especially after the governor promised unfunded mandate relief would come hand in hand with the state's property tax cap. Cuomo is citing the fact that he has already given municipalities relief, but Elmira mayor Sue Skidmore says it's not enough. Governor Cuomo says there is nothing more that he can do that hasn't already been done. Cuomo has enacted a cap on the growth in local Medicaid costs for counties and a new, less generous pension tier, which are the two biggest cost drivers for local governments, but local leaders like Elmira Mayor Sue Skidmore and Elmira City Manager John Burin say that's not nearly enough state aid. Cuomo closed $10 million in the state budget gap without raising taxes, but the tax cap is putting pressure on struggling local communities.
“Come on, mandate relief? We've got none. He's continuously creating more mandates when he said he wouldn't and if he thinks that's presidential material for the next time around he's not going to get new york support that's for sure,” says Skidmore.
“I know he did a tax cap and that's good it's a very popular thing but then there's the other side of that. They promised mandate relief and they didn't give it,” says City Manager John Burin.
The Elmira city council is finishing up their budget now and they'll release the details in November.