A restoration of direct aid to municipalities, a reduction in mandated spending and support for local road and bridge repairs gave the New York State Association of Counties reason to the cheer in the legislative budget resolutions released this week.

In the Assembly, lawmakers there are backing a reverse in cuts to AIM spending proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and want to spend $7 million on support for early voting and $27 million for electronic poll books and ballot scanning devices. The Assembly also added $65 million in storm recovery funds.

“It is clear that Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and the members of the Assembly recognize the impact the budget proposal would have on counties, and we appreciate the actions they took in their one house budget bills,” said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario.

The Senate also sought to restore cuts as well as provide $10 million for early voting, boost highway repair spending and added $2.5 billion in clean water effforts.

“We commend the Senate Majority for responding to county concerns in their one-house budget priorities. The restoration of $60 million in Aid and Incentives to Municipalities (AIM) with State funding protects the integrity of this state program without diverting local taxpayer dollars,” said Acquario. “Furthermore, the addition of $150 million to the base CHIPS funding and $65 million for Extreme Winter Recovery will help counties maintain and improve local infrastructure.”