Issues: SUNY (State University of New York)

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Senator John Bonacic Secures State Funding for SUNY New Paltz: Funds will support growing 3D Printing Initiative that benefits the College and Hudson Valley Region

Senator John Bonacic announces that SUNY New Paltz is the recipient of $850,000 dollars in capital funding for a new 3D Printing Laboratory at the College. Since launching its groundbreaking 3D Printing Initiative just over a year ago, SUNY New Paltz has added state-of-the-art 3D printing equipment, forged public-private partnerships with industry leaders, has received great interest from students and faculty, and continues to fulfill project requests from regional businesses. 

September 4, 2014
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SUNY Maritime to Build New Seamanship Center

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced a $1.5 million dollar state grant he secured that will go toward the building of a new state-of-the art Seamanship Center at SUNY Maritime. The exciting announcement came as hundreds of students arrived back at Maritime from the summer sea term session on the training ship Empire State VI on Monday morning.

The Seamanship Center will be constructed on existing available area on the basin, specifically on the deepwater college pier. The new center will include nearly 4,000 square feet of classroom space to support the Marine Transportation curriculum. In addition the space is expected to serve as an in-service training location for active mariners - including members of the NYPD and FDNY.

August 11, 2014
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Your Voice With Senator Griffo: Tax Relief, Common Core, Financial Windfall

Senator Griffo discusses the 2014 session, including tax relief initiatives, Common Core changes, highway and road funding, tuition assistance for college-bound New Yorkers and what to do with a $3 billion windfall from a bank settlement. Julia Lilkendey hosts.

July 30, 2014
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Seward Serves Up Funding For SUNY Cortland

ONEONTA, 07/01/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that $2 million in capital funding he secured will be used for SUNY Cortland’s tennis court rehabilitation project.

“SUNY Cortland is a well known leader in physical education and first-class facilities play a key role in achieving that status,” said Senator Seward.  “This funding will help the school maintain the well-earned reputation and also provide recreation and fitness opportunities for students and community members.”

July 1, 2014
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Seward Plugs In Funding For SUNY Cobleskill Energy Savings Project

ONEONTA, 06/27/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that $2 million in capital funding he secured will be used for SUNY Cobleskill’s energy savings project.  

“SUNY Cobleskill offers innovative student programs on a campus that is continually evolving to meet changing needs,” said Senator Seward.  “This funding will help the school go even further by backing new green energy improvements that will lead to a more efficient, environmentally friendly campus – saving money and our natural resources.”

June 27, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Griffo Announces $3 Million for SUNY Potsdam

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that SUNY Potsdam will receive $3 million in capital funding to make improvements to its legendary Crane School of Music.

“The Crane School is home of the oldest music education program in the country, and its reputation is unparalleled among serious musical performers,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “The popularity of the programs offered has caused a need for space, so it’s important from both a safety and health standpoint for the university to meet student needs. I advocated for this funding in the Senate, and I’m pleased to be able to announce this award today.”

June 24, 2014
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Senate Passes Bills to Make College More Affordable

The New York State Senate today passed five bills, sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), to make college more affordable for students and their families, while setting students up for success. These bills provide opportunities to help New York students thrive by increasing awards in the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to equal the cost per semester of SUNY and CUNY tuition, alleviating student loan debt, giving access to free community college to eligible students, and providing targeted work-training programs. Senator LaValle said, “These bills go a long way in reaching the goals of accessible, quality, affordable education. We need to continue to pursue these types of measures today to better enable the students to compete in the world tomorrow.”

June 12, 2014
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Senate Passes Three Griffo Sponsored Bills

ALBANY - Sen. Joseph A. Griffo was the lead sponsor of three bills that today passed the State Senate. 

June 10, 2014
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"Your Voice" with Senator Griffo

On this week's episode, Senator Griffo breaks down the budget - taxes, spending, education, Common Core, higher ed, health care, agriculture, transporation and ethics.

With I Love My Parks Day upcoming, Griffo explains what state legislators are doing for the environment and for state parks. And finally, the senator recaps a forum on heroin and opioid abuse that he recently hosted in Utica.

"Your Voice" is hosted by Julia Lilkendey.

 

April 29, 2014
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Stony Brook University Commemorates Opening of Newly Refurbished Recreation Fields

Stony Brook University celebrated the opening of its newly renovated Campus Recreation Field Complex with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the southeast corner of the South P parking area of the campus. Stony Brook University students will have primary use of the three competition size turf and grass fields which measure over nine square acres and include lights for evening practice and competition.

April 24, 2014
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Help For Students Attending College - And Those Paying for It

Congratulations! Your child has just been accepted to a college.

Now: How are you going to pay for that?

Determining the true cost of a continuing education can be tricky. Here’s three websites that will make it easier to find the aid you need – and avoid the predatory scammers lurking.

STUDENT LENDING RESOURCE CENTER

www.dfs.ny.gov/studentprotection

April 16, 2014
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Senator Dilan Announces Passage of 2014 – 2015 State Budget

$138 billion spending plan funds citywide Pre-K, increases to TAP and higher-ed opportunity programs.Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) announced the passage of  a $138 billion budget that includes $300 million for universal Pre Kindergarten programs in New York City, new government reforms and increased funding to social programs.“This year’s budget has made great strides to meet new, and greater demands while continuing to offset the gaps left by previous year’s cuts. I commend Governor Cuomo and my Senate Colleagues for delivering a responsible spending plan that spends smart, invests in our students, and offers some much-needed relief for our working families,” said Senator Dilan.  

April 1, 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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