Students prepare to cross Main Street in Alfred, N.Y. Alfred State College and Alfred University are crucial to the economic health of the village. Nathaniel Brooks/New York Times photo
Fraternity paddles decorate the Collegiate Restaurant in Alfred, N.Y. The village's full-time, taxpaying resident population is about 1,000. Nathaniel Brooks/New York Times photo
Students hang out at Alfred State College, in Alfred, N.Y., in August. Alfred University is nearby. The dispute over paying for public services there mirrors disagreements nationwide. Brendan Bannon/New York Times photo

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