Issues: SUNY (State University of New York)

Keeping College Campuses Safe: Griffo joins Senate in passing bill to protect students from sexual assaults

ALBANY – Senator Joseph Griffo joined the New York State Senate today in passing crucial legislation that would help protect students against sexual violence on college campuses.

June 17, 2015

Volunteer First Responders Get Support from Senator Young

Legislation expresses appreciation for volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians


ALBANY – In communities across Western New York and beyond, volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians serve on the front lines of public safety, answering the sound of the alarm, in response to fire, medical emergency or natural disaster.


In recognition of this selfless sacrifice to our communities, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) and her colleagues recently passed several measures to provide additional tax and education benefits to those who serve.


June 16, 2015

Senate Passes Bill to Provide SUNY and CUNY with Five-Year Capital Plans

The New York State Senate this week passed legislation (S5217), sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jeffe

June 12, 2015


(Middletown, NY)- Senator Bonacic was pleased to join members of the community and local officials last evening at the retirement celebration of SUNY Orange President Dr. Bill Richards at Kaplan Hall in Newburgh. Dr. Richards has served as the President of SUNY Orange since 2003 and during his tenure has been a tremendous advocate for the students and faculty at the institution.

June 5, 2015

Senator Valesky Hosts Community Resources Fair

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is hosting a Community Resources Fair on Thursday, June 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to raise awareness of the many community services available through various governmental and nonprofit organizations. The agencies listed below will have tables at the fair and provide important information on health care and health insurance, financial planning for college, emergency preparedness and fire safety, family planning, housing, voting, small business development, veterans services, and more, as well as offer giveaways. A representative from the Office of the State Comptroller will assist attendees with Unclaimed Funds searches.

May 28, 2015

Senate Passes Legislation to Honor and Help Veterans in New York

The New York State Senate today passed 14 measures dedicated to improving the lives of veterans and honoring them for their exceptional service. The Senate today also celebrated the achievements of veterans from across the state during the Senate’s annual Veterans’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

May 19, 2015

Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015

Democrats Frustrated by Governor Backing Off Party's Issues

Gotham Gazette

by David Howard King, Mar 26, 2015

On Tuesday Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters that the DREAM Act and the Education Investment Tax Credit (EITC) he had paired were no longer part of budget negotiations. For many Black and Latino legislators the news was painful - they had pushed Cuomo to include the DREAM Act as part of his budget after he and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul campaigned on the issue across the city this summer. But there was also a sinking sense of deja vu.

March 27, 2015

Senator Carlucci & Students Hosts College Affordability Rally

Senator David Carlucci was joined by students, faculty and staff from Rockland Community College for a rally in support of Senator Carlucci’s “College Affordability” package.  

“It is becoming harder and harder for middle class families to make a promise to their children that they will be able to attend college, without the probability of decades of debt to follow,” said Senator Carlucci. As a new father I want to ensure that my son, along with all of the children in New York can receive a quality, affordable higher education.”

March 23, 2015

Senator Parker Helps to Combat Sexual Assault on College Campuses


March 16, 2015


Plan Eliminates the Aid-Cutting GEA Gimmick, Helps More Families Pay for College

Senator Patty Ritchie announced that the Senate’s proposed budget plan would hike aid to schools by $1.9 billion, and completely eliminate the aid-cutting GEA, or Gap Elimination Adjustment, that’s been squeezing local schools to balance the state budget, when the funds should be going into classrooms. The Senate’s increase is $800 million more than that proposed by the Governor.

March 11, 2015

Senator Young Partners With The Higher Education Services Corporation To Remind Area High School Seniors, College Students To Complete The FAFSA

Campaign for Financial Aid Awareness Runs Through February


OLEAN – New York State Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) is joining with the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) to remind area high school seniors and college students about the importance of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through the “Start Here, Get There” campaign for financial aid awareness.


The campaign is meant to assist students, parents and guardians with the completion of the FAFSA, in order to receive the maximum benefits available through both the federal and state financial aid programs.


January 20, 2015

Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014

Empire State College Breaks Ground on Brighton Campus

I joined officials from Empire State College to break ground on their new, state of the art campus in Brighton. This facility will serve the Genesee Valley region, and will offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. I attend the Empire State College graduation every year, it doesn't take long to realize what a positive impact this institution has on its students. This new facility will better serve them, providing a more friendly learning environment. 

Click here for more pictures from this event.

October 16, 2014

Grants For Young Farmers Now Available

ONEONTA, 10/16/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced grant applications are now available for two new programs to assist our next generation of farmers.  The programs are part of the “Young Farmers NY” initiative, a comprehensive plan, introduced by Seward and his senate colleagues earlier this year and enacted as part of the 2014-15 state budget. 

October 16, 2014

Forum/Town Hall: College & Career Readiness Fair

Visit with Colleges & Military Representatives and Learn about FAFSA

A panel discussion on Financial Aid and FAFSA Information lead by Katy Brown of Genesee Community College.

Learn how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for grants, loans, and work-study.


October 29, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

SUNY Brockport Opens New Liberal Arts Building

As a proud alum of the College at Brockport, I was excited to join President John Halstead and the SUNY Brockport community to cut the ribbon on the school's new Liberal Arts Building. This state of the art facility is the first new academic building at Brockport in 40 years, and will benefit all of the students at the college. 

To see more pictures from the ribbon cutting, click here.

September 23, 2014

Seward, State Honor SUNY Oneonta A-D Ranieri

ONEONTA, 09/15/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today presented SUNY Oneonta Director of Athletics Tracey Ranieri with a New York State Legislative Resolution in honor of her recent selection as an Under Armour Division III Athletic Director of the Year.

“Tracey Ranieri’s commitment to academic and athletic excellence is unparalleled and her leadership has raised the bar for all SUNY Oneonta coaches and student-athletes,” said Senator Seward.  “Her dedication and talents are terrific assets for the greater Oneonta community and the entire SUNY system and I am extremely pleased to add a New York State Resolution to her trophy case.” 

September 15, 2014
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