Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren confirms the city will get a $6 million unrestricted State Aid bump from Albany.
The aid is the city's to spend as needed, and it will help Warren close a $28 million revenue shortage in the new city budget.
Top legislators and the governor have reached agreement on that amount in state budget talks that have been going on all week. The city had been hoping for more than $12 million extra to bring it more in line with what Buffalo and Syracuse get per citizen. Mayor Warren says the city will keep asking for parity. City officials have pointed out for several years that state aid to cities shortchanges Rochester compared with its neighbors, while the state also requires the city to pay out more for education than the others.
On another front, the mayor says she asked Albany to kick in $100 million for a downtown performing arts center because "closed mouths don't get fed." Warren put the request in a letter last month to the governor. The mayor -- who says Midtown is the only place a new theater center should go -- says a $100 million ask isn't out of hand compared with what other cities are asking for and getting.