With periods of subzero weather, everyone should take extra precautions to avoid prolonged exposure outside, protect pets and animals, make sure you have ample heating fuel, and check on elderly neighbors. Energy efficiency programs are very helpful in keeping your heating costs in line. NYSERDA (1-877-697-6278), NYSHCR (1-866-275-3427), and RECAP Weatherization (845-342-3978) can all help income eligible residents reduce their costs with very little upfront money
Governor Cuomo’s proposal to cut AIM funding from the towns and villages across this State is a slap in the face of not only those in local government but to all the citizens of New York. towns and villages provide essential services as cost effectively as possible and have been leaders in shared services before it became fashionable in Albany. We struggle each year to remain under the “2% tax cap” despite continual increases in mandated health and retirement costs imposed by the State.
In the Town of Warwick’s case, $67,000 in lost AIM funds may not seem like much, but it easily equates to one new police officer or the purchase of two new police cars. Where does that money come from now?
As someone who has served in local government, unlike the Governor, I applaud and commend the efforts of Senator Jen Metzger and Assemblyman Karl Brabenec on behalf of the 19 villages and 23 towns I represent as president of the Orange County Association of Towns, Villages and Cities, as well as the 33,000 residents of the Town of Warwick.
The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program and the Hudson Valley CA$H Coalition offer free tax preparation assistance to low to moderate income individuals, families, and seniors. There are many sites throughout the county offering this free service. There are no age restrictions and AARP membership is not required. Daytime, evening, and weekend appointments are available. To schedule an appointment, call United Way’s Help Line at 2-1-1 or (800) 899-1479 today!
The next regular meeting of the Town Board will be held on Thurs., Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick.
The above column, written by Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton, has been published in the Feb. 6 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.