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County executive discusses state budget

Posted at: 04/03/2013 12:05 PM
Updated at: 04/03/2013 12:24 PM
By: Bill Lambdin

ALBANY - The county executive reviewed what's good and bad in the new state budget Wednesday morning.

Dan McCoy was joined by Cohoes Assemblyman John McDonald.

Going through a budget topic by topic might not be the most exciting meeting you could suggest, but this is the nuts and bolts that determine how much all of us have to shell out in taxes each year.

And that's a topic that can get people fired up.

In Albany County officials have not been able to limit spending anywhere close to the 2 per cent tax cap state legislation has set up.

County Executive McCoy went over the various factors driving spending with Assemblyman John McDonald, the former Cohoes mayor.

McCoy sounded the familiar complaint, unfunded mandates. Programs the state requires counties to carry out but does not pay for.

McCoy says there are 43 of them.

Seeing the glass half full, not empty, he observed at least no new unfunded mandates were established.

Although the event was billed as a roundtable discussion with Cohoes senior citizens, the seniors could not be convinced to breakaway from their card games.

One woman who proved to be the exception complained about cuts to state funding for the adult disabled.

She noted that despite claims to the contrary, services are being affected by the cutback.