A joint budget conference committee has restored money for the Tug Hill Commission in the state budget. According to State Senator Patty Ritchie’s office, the Assembly agreed to the Senate’s funding level of $1.1 million. That’s a 10% cut from last year, on par with other state agencies.
Ritchie spokesman Jim Reagan says it was unfair that the Tug Hill Commission was singled out for elimination in Governor Cuomo’s budget.
The Governor had said he was proposing a 10 percent cut to most state agencies, but for these communities, they got the entire agency cut. Senator Ritchie wanted to make sure they were treated fairly.
The Tug Hill Commission assists the isolated towns and villages of the Tug Hill Plateau with grant writing, development, and planning. Learn more about the Commission in this story.
The Commission will now join the other 200 state bodies that will have to justify their existence before a consolidation panel. Cuomo created the Spending and Government Efficiency Commission, or SAGE, to cut the number of agencies, commissions and authorities by 20%.