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Downtown Troy, New York. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/3009349222">Doug Kerr</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Downtown Troy, New York. Doug Kerr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Small population dip may cost Troy big bucks

TROY, N.Y. (AP) A small dip in population could deal a big blow to one city in New York.

Estimates put Troy's population last year at 49,946, a decrease of about 125 from the year before and, most critically, 54 people shy of 50,000. That's a key threshold used by the federal government when setting funding amounts.

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If the federal government follows through on a plan to cut back on Troy's funding, the former manufacturing city could lose out on $2.5 million annually now used to revitalize neighborhoods and support community services.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer visited the city on Monday and vowed to oppose the cut. The Democrat says the potential reduction would set back Troy's efforts to reverse decades of decline. 

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