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LACKAWANNA MAYOR DECRIES PROPOSED STATE AID CUTS

The state, which has done so much to help Lackawanna survive, would be undermining its own efforts by cutting state aid, Mayor Thomas E. Radich said.

Because of the state's fiscal woes, Gov. Cuomo has proposed cutting state aid to municipalities by about 10 percent, a proposal that would cost Lackawanna more than $249,000.

Radich has written to state legislators, asking them to oppose the cuts.

"Reducing aid solves nothing in reality. It merely shifts the state's deficit to the local property taxpayers," Radich said.

He said the state "has played a vital role in helping Lackawanna survive, but we simply cannot afford another unexpected loss of revenue."

"The state has not increased local aid in recent years, and it has placed a greater burden on local property taxpayers as did the federal government's decision to totally eliminate federal revenue sharing," he added.

Due to the virtual closing of Bethlehem Steel, Lackawanna has lost more than $5 million a year in tax revenue and had to eliminate more than 125 city jobs, Radich said.

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