Issues: Financial Aid

Griffo Reports of Senate’s Quick Adoption of Tax Cap and Mandate Relief Measures

Griffo Reports of Senate’s Quick Adoption of Tax Cap and Mandate Relief Measures

(Albany) – Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) today said that the Senate passed measures designed to give the New Yorkers relief from property taxes and to ease the burden of unfunded state mandates on schools and municipal governments. 

“We took the first major step today toward reining in runaway government spending,” said State Senator Griffo. “The property tax cap represents needed change to help make New York affordable again without compromising public safety or essential government services.”

February 2, 2011

Help for Students and Families Applying for College Financial Aid

January 25 through February 25 marks the period during which New York State students and families are offered special opportunities to learn about and receive assistance in applying for the many financial aid opportunities available to help them pay for college.

February 1, 2011

1/25/2011: College & Careers, Not More Cuts

AQE Releases Report, Unequal Opportunity Equals Unequal Results

Albany—The Alliance for Quality Education issued a report today titled Unequal Opportunity Equals Unequal Results. During his campaign for governor Andrew Cuomo asserted that, “There are two education systems in this state.  Not public-private. One for the rich and one for the poor and they are both public systems.”  Based on the findings of the report AQE warned that large cuts to education in next week’s Executive Budget would increase educational inequity and would hurt students living in poverty and students of color the most. 

January 25, 2011

Keeping SUNY Affordable

Dear Friend:

I was the first in my family to go to college. Education created opportunity for me in business, and later in government. My daughter graduated from SUNY New Paltz.  The SUNY schools in our Senate District -- New Paltz, Delhi, and our lo-cal community colleges -- present educational opportunities for area residents and create jobs in the region.

Last year, the Legislature diverted tuition, paid by those who attend SUNY, and sent those dollars to pay for other func-tions of state government. I opposed that move. I believe that taking SUNY tuition and not using it for SUNY amounts to a tax on the students and families who pay tuition.


September 28, 2010


Senator Successfully Fights for Student to Receive $12K in Financial Aid


BRONX, NY – Morris Park resident Isabel Mauriello no longer has to worry about how to pay for college, thanks to the efforts of State Senator Jeff Klein.


A student at Manhattanville College, Mauriello had worked hard to stay on top of the financial aid process so that she could continue her education this fall. After receiving Pell funding and Stafford loans, however, she was still $12,000 shy of meeting the full tuition costs for the upcoming year. Mauriello looked to take out a private loan from a bank, but because she was unable to secure a co-signer with adequate credit, she was continually denied.


August 13, 2010

Budget Protects Schools, Provides Property Tax Relief And Makes Smart Spending Cuts

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed both the Education, Labor and Family Assistance (ELFA: S6603/S6607) and the Health and Human Services (HHS: S6604/A6608) budget bills which:

Protects our children’s education.
Provides much-needed property tax relief.
Makes the smart spending cuts to give New Yorkers a government they can afford.
Maintains the state’s investment in the Tuition Assistance Program which helps tens of thousands of students succeed in college annually.
Ensures support for unemployed New Yorkers who are seeking work as a result of the national economic downturn.
Delivers the services and programs most important to the health and well being of our seniors and New Yorkers with disabilities.


June 28, 2010
June 4, 2010

Senate Hearing On Veterans' Access To Higher Education

The Senate Democratic Majority held a public hearing hosted by Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (Chairwoman of the Senate Higher Education Committee) and Senator Eric Adams (Chair of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee) to discu

May 17, 2010
August 21, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sen. Foley is Joined by Community Leaders in an Effort to Increase Participation in 2010 Census

Civic leaders and activists from local communities in Suffolk County joined Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) as he called for increased participation in the U.S Census. The 2010 Census awareness event, which took place at the Brentwood Public Library, was centered around relaying the importance of Census participation and giving community members the tools necessary to educate their friends, family, and neighbors about the Census.  

April 1, 2010

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan Legislative Update

Senator Dilan speaks with Executive Director of the Cypress Hills Local Development Corp., Michelle Neugebauer about recent updates to services in Cypress Hills and City Line.

March 2, 2010

Financial Aid Available for College Students in Need

Senator Owen H. Johnson co-sponsored a Resolution honoring the 35th anniversary of the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Speaking on the Resolution, Senator Johnson referred to the TAP program as his “baby,” having been one of the original architects, he worked for many years to improve the program so that it was available to students in need.

February 11, 2010

Senate Honors Education Opportunity Programs

Programs Break Cycle of Poverty, Return State’s Investment 10 to 1

February 9, 2010


Rochester – Alesi (Republican, 55th District) announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four $1,500 scholarships to be awarded in June at their Annual Conference Weekend. Scholarship winners must be present to receive their awards.

January 28, 2010

View Testimony from Joint Budget Hearings


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Below you will find the list of combined testimonies from all of the Joint Budget Hearings in both written and video formats. This page will be updated as the materials become available.

January 28, 2010

Senator Alesi Encourages Students and Families to Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Early This Year

January 25 to February 25 has been designated “New York State Student Financial Aid Awareness Month” by Governor David A. Paterson, marking a period during which the State will host a series of events to help New York’s students and families learn about the many financial aid opportunities available to help pay for college, and how to apply for them. 

January 26, 2010

Senator Valesky Calls for Responsible Budget Action and Long-Term Solutions

ALBANY, N.Y.—Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) echoed the call for long-term budget solutions made by Governor Paterson during his Executive Budget presentation today.

January 20, 2010

Serrano at All Hallow's High School

Senator Serrano, alongside Lee Llambelis, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York, gave a presentation on avoiding the pitfalls of the student loan industry at All Hallows High School in the Bronx.

October 20, 2009
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