Issues: SUNY (State University of New York)

Senator Martins Nominates New Hyde Park Memorial High School Student for SUNY Maritime Cadet Appointment

Senator Jack M. Martins had the privilege of nominating New Hyde Park Memorial High School senior John Fanelli for the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College Cadet Appointment Program. As a result of the nomination, John was appointed to the Regiment of Cadets at SUNY Maritime and was awarded a four-year, full tuition scholarship as part of the distinction. John has a grade point average of 94.

“I want to congratulate John on this appointment. He comes from a wonderful family and has a bright future ahead. He is bright young man that will be an asset to the program,” said Senator Martins.

May 10, 2012

Senate Gives Final Passage to Iran Divestment Act Expansion

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to an expansion of the Iran Divestment Act.  The bill (S.6462), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, includes state and local public authorities, the State University of New York, and the City University of New York among the governmental entities prohibited from entering into new or renewed contracts with companies that provide goods, services or credit worth $20 million or more to Iran's energy. The Assembly has already approved the legislation (A.9224), which is sponsored by Speaker Sheldon Silver.

May 9, 2012

YOUTH SUMMIT with Hon. H. Carl McCall -- May 3, 2012!

Senator Velmanette Montgomery is convening a Youth Summit with special guest, the Hon. H. Carl McCall, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, State University of New York (SUNY) on May 3, 2012 at Pfizer Auditorium, 5 MetroTech Center, in downtown Brooklyn.

"Many high school students in my District think that higher education isn't for them, or is unaffordable," said Senator Montgomery. "Our children and the guidance counselors in our schools need to know the depth and variety offered to them , and the economic resources that are available through our wonderful SUNY system."

May 3, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
April 26, 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Undocumented Youth Reach Final Destination!

For Immediate Release-Contact: Cordell Cleare || 212-222-7315

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

April 17, 2012


        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently congratulated Farmingdale State College on reaching its 100th anniversary.

        Senator Fuschillo presented Farmingdale State College President Dr. Hubert Keen with a legislative resolution he sponsored commemorating the milestone event. The resolution was recently passed by the New York State Senate.

        Established on April 15, 1912, Farmingdale State College is the oldest public college on Long Island. With 37 different degree programs and an enrollment of over 7,000 students, it has grown into one of Long Island’s premier institutions for higher education.

April 12, 2012

Open Letter to Governor Cuomo -- The New York State DREAM Act

April 4, 2012The Honorable Andrew M. CuomoGovernor of the State of New YorkExecutive ChamberNew York State Capitol Building Albany, NY  12224    Re:    Open Letter -- The New York State DREAM ActDear Governor:

Open Letter to Gov. Cuomo - the NYS DREAM ACT.pdf

April 9, 2012

Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012

Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012

State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.

“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”

April 3, 2012

Budget Update From State Senator David J. Valesky

The New York State Legislature has completed passage of an on-time budget for the second year in a row. Though it was another challenging budget, requiring the closure of a $3.5 billion deficit, we were able to balance the budget without tax increases or fiscal gimmickry. In addition, overall spending was reduced for the second straight year, the frist time this has happened in at least three decades. 

Some highlights include:

March 30, 2012

Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 29, 2012

From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

The Altar of Political Correctness

March 27, 2012

Dream Act for New York

New York Times -- EditorialDream Act for New YorkPublished: March 12, 2012 The Dream Act is an aptly named-but-star-crossed piece of federal legislation that would open a path to legal status for young unauthorized immigrants who pursue college degrees or serve in the military. Its goal is to help ambitious youths who were brought here as children and are American in all but the paperwork.


March 15, 2012

Senator Montgomery Speaks Out Against Privatizing Public Education

During a budget debate on the Senate floor, Senator Montgomery protests the Senate Republican's one-house budget proposal that would allow for-profit businesses and corporations to establish charter schools. The Senator said that "New York's public education system is not for sale."

March 14, 2012

Sen. Espaillat Fighting Alongside Young People for NY DREAM Act

Sen. Adrian Espaillat was joined by hundreds of students at a rally calling for the passage of the NY DREAM Act, which will help young people attain higher education.

March 14, 2012

Budget Conference Committees Convene

ALBANY, 03/14/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named to two key joint budget conference committees which held their first meetings today in Albany.  Senator Seward will serve on the higher education subcommittee and the education subcommittee.

March 14, 2012


Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”

The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

March 13, 2012
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