As part of the 2019-2020 New York State budget, the village of New Paltz will receive $200,000 in SUNY Impact Aid.
The funds, secured by state Sen. Jen Metzger, will go to offset some of the costs for local fire and police departments to provide public safety services to the university population.
“It was important to me that the village of New Paltz get the support it needs from the state as a SUNY host community,” said Metzger. “These funds will ensure that local taxpayers do not have to bear the burden of the costs of ensuring public safety for the university community.”
According to New Paltz Mayor Tim Rogers, SUNY New Paltz calls have averaged approximately 20 percent of call volume for the last few years for the village’s all-volunteer New Paltz Fire Department.
“I’m so grateful to Senator Jen Metzger for making sure that $200,000 of SUNY Impact Aid to support our local taxpayers remained in the State Budget,” said Rogers. “Funds will be shared between our fire ($150,000) and police ($50,000) departments and ensure that they have the resources that they need to provide for the entire New Paltz community.”