Gov. Cuomo links local aid to consolidation plan

If local governments want their $715 million in state aid this year, the state Legislature would have to approve Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to have municipalities consolidate services.

The line is tucked into Cuomo’s state budget plan, linking the money to the governor’s shared-services plan. Cuomo wants the Legislature to approve his proposal that would require counties to find ways to cut costs and then present those cost-cutting plans to voters for approval in November.

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