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Cuomo's Office Confirms 2019 State Budget will 'Authorize up to $12.3 Million' as Advance of Casino Funds.

After Niagara Falls City Councilman Kenny Tompkins sent a letter to the NYS Comptroller's Office asking them to review the City's 2019 budget which includes $12.3 Million promised as an "advance" by Governor Cuomo.

Below is a letter requested by Mayor Dyster's office from the Governor's office confirming that the money will be delivered to the City of Niagara Falls.

The only question that remains is whether or not the legislature will approve of the expenditure, which they are required to do during the budget process in early 2019.

Division of the budget

ANDREW M. CUOMO

Governor

ROBERT F. MUJICA JR.

Director of The Budget

SANDRA L. BEATTIE

Deputy Director

September 26, 2018

The Honorable Paul A. Dyster Mayor, City of Niagara Falls 745 Main Street P.O. Box 69 Niagara Falls, NY 14302

Dear Mayor Dyster: Niagara Falls 745 Main Street P.O. Box 69 Niagara Falls, NY 14302

Dear Mayor Dyster:

This letter concerns the City of Niagara Falls budget for City Fiscal Year 2019. As you know, the Seneca Nation of Indians suspended payment of compact funds in April 2017. We appreciate your ongoing efforts to mitigate the local impacts of this financial disruption.

We are optimistic that this matter will be resolved in favor of the State in the next few months. However, we also understand and appreciate that deadlines for proposing, considering, and adopting the 2019 City budget fall before the anticipated resolution of the State/Seneca Nation arbitration. Accordingly, to provide certainty for your local budget deliberations, please be advised that the Executive Budget for State Fiscal Year 2019-20 will include authorization for the State to advance up to $12.3 million--the estimated amount of Seneca revenue that would otherwise be received for City purposes in 2019--to the City of Niagara Falls for City Fiscal Year 2019 to reflect any delay in the resolution of the arbitration in 2019. Any such payment would be deemed an advancement of future expected Seneca revenue sharing payments owed to the City, and hence would be deducted against such revenue expected from the Nation. This assistance is being provided due to the high percentage of City revenues that this funding represents as well as the City's low fund balance.

Once again, thank you for your ongoing work to manage this unfortunate situation. Should you have any questions, please contact Chief Budget Examiner Todd Scheuermann. He can be reached at (518)474-6314.

Sincerely,

Robert F. Mujica, Jr.

cc: Letitzia Tagliaferro

Todd Scheuermann

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