Shares of state aid unequal

Mayor Dayton King recently said Gloversville was being shortchanged in state aid.

Just comparing Johnstown with Gloversville, you can see his point. Johnstown, with an 8,432 population, gets $1,388,000 in state aid. Gloversville, with a population of 15,665, gets $2,300,000. Thus, Johnstown gets $165 per capita, while Gloversville gets $146. If Gloversville got the $18.30 differential, it would receive $286,000 more from the state.

Since both cities are Republican bastions, you can’t even accuse the Democratic-ruled state Legislature of playing party politics. I did try to get similar figures from Amsterdam, but none of its officials responded.



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