Issues: Higher Education

Father James Maher officially inaugurated as Niagara University's 26th President

Senator George Maziarz recently took part in the official inauguration of Father James J. Maher, C.M., the 26th President of Niagara University.  Niagara University in Lewiston is Senator Maziarz' alma mater and has the distinction of being the only private college located in the 62nd Senate District.  Best wishes to Father Maher!

April 7, 2014
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Research by SUNY Plattsburgh students recognized in Albany

Three SUNY Plattsburgh students were invited to exhibit undergraduate research projects at the Innovative Exploration Forum in Albany on Tuesday, April 1. Pictured (from left) in the Well of the Legislative Office Building are Matthew Rusek, Michael Haynes, Senator Betty Little and Justin Andrews.  The event featured more than 100 student-produced poster displays in a range of academic disciplines by some of SUNY’s most talented undergraduate scholars.

April 2, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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2014-2015 State Budget Makes Investments in Higher Education

The New York State Senate today passed the 2014-15 State Budget which includes major investments in New York’s higher education system. Aid includes support for the Tuition Assistance Program, public and private universities, and community colleges across the state.  The budget increases base aid support for community colleges by $75 for each full-time equivalent student, which represents a total increase of $15.1 million for SUNY and CUNY community colleges.

March 31, 2014
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Griffo, Brindisi: State Budget Supports New York Students And Their Colleges

ALBANY – New York’s colleges – and its students – receive more financial help from the state if the 2014-15 budget is passed, Sen. Joseph A. Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi said today.

The Tuition Assistance Program - which helps New Yorkers pay for the cost of attending a State University of New York (SUNY), City University of New York (CUNY), or not-for-profit independent college - will be increased by $34 million. The maximum award per student will be $5,165 – the first increase in 14 years.

March 31, 2014
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College & Career Fair Sponsored by Senator Gallivan

Find your future at the College & Career Fair, along with valuable information regarding FAFSA. 

 

Participating Colleges/Career Repsresentatives:

Keuka

Bryant & Stratton

SUNY Brockport

Roberts Wesleyan

University of Buffalo

Houghton College

RIT

Elmira

Trocaire College

Meadville

Genesee Community

Alfred University

SUNY Oswego

SUNY Geneseo

April 24, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Talks About New Initiative to Assist Disabled Veterans On Your Voice

On this edition of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses a new initiative that is moving forward to assist New York’s disabled veterans in pursuing new business opportunities, as well as a new measure that would allow the state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. He also talks about why the Dream Act recently failed in the State Senate.  

March 26, 2014
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Your Voice with Senator Griffo

Senator Griffo discusses the Senate's budget resolution, and his priorities for tax relief, mandate relief, education, agriculture, health care and infrastructure. Hosted by Julia Lilkendey.

March 25, 2014
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March 20, 9:30 AM - 9:35 AM
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Senator Maziarz helps defeat DREAM Act in the Senate

Today I voted a loud and resounding “NO” when the DREAM Act was taken up on the Senate floor.

March 18, 2014
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR KEVIN PARKER ON THE SENATE VOTE ON THE NEW YORK STATE DREAM ACT

(Brooklyn, NY) - “Today, I stood with 29 other New York Senate Democratic Senators to vote in favor of the NYS DREAM Act.

This piece of progressive legislation was brought to the floor earlier this evening and if passed, would have ensured immigrant children, in search of the American dream through educational access and financial aid, the road map to success.

Senate Republicans failed our young people. Not a single member of the Republican Conference voted yes. Not a single member of the Republicans voted yes for opportunity or yes for equality.

March 17, 2014
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Statement From State Senator Gustavo Rivera On The Senate Vote On The New York State DREAM Act

"Today's failed attempt to pass the DREAM Act once again demonstrates how the Independent Democratic Conference is not able to deliver bi-partisan support for progressive legislation. Ultimately, this is a Republican-led coalition and not a bi-partisan one. It is truly disappointing that we continue to deny thousands of young New Yorkers the resources necessary for a quality education and a brighter future."

March 17, 2014
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Senator Lee Zeldin Opposes DREAM Act

 March 17, 2014

Contact: Kara Cumoletti (518) 455-3570 or cumolett@nysenate.gov

March 17, 2014
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Budget Conference Committees Convene

ALBANY, 03/17/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named to the education and higher education budget conference committees which held their first meetings today in Albany. 

Regarding his education conference committee assignment Senator Seward said:

"The senate budget resolution increases school aid by $811.9 million from last year with a $541 million restoration of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has hurt our area schools.  Eliminating the GEA has been a top priority for me, and, to date, the senate is the only legislative branch to fully target this unfair hit on our area schools."

March 17, 2014
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Senate Budget Resolution Meets Real Needs

ALBANY, 03/14/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on passage of the senate’s budget resolution for fiscal year 2014-15:

“The senate budget plan fulfills many of the priorities expressed to me by families, employers, and community groups that make up my senate district.  Approval of the plan also means we are on track to pass an on-time state budget for a fourth straight year. 

“Among the highlights - property tax relief to combat the greatest expense families and business in New York face; education aid that will support our neediest schools; and job creation incentives which will help boost economic development.

March 14, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education  Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair  12:30 PM, Tuesday, March 18, 2014  Room 807 LOB

March 18, 1:13 PM - 1:33 PM
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March 17, 1:30 PM - 1:52 PM
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"Your Voice" With Senator Joe Griffo

Senator Griffo discusses Olympian Erin Hamlin, the governor's Adirondack Challenge, the flawed implementation of Common Core, his opposition to taxpayer-funded college for state inmates, and the Senate's budget with host Julia Lilkendey.

March 11, 2014
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Senator Montgomery Gives Accolades to Woman of Distinction, Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson upon the occasion of being honored in conjunction with Women's History Month 2014 in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and pay tribute to those women of achievement within the Empire State who have made strong contributions to their communities and who inspire others through their model citizenship; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its longstanding traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commend Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, upon the occasion of being honored in conjunction with Women's History Month 2014 in the State of New York; and

March 6, 2014
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