Issues: SUNY (State University of New York)

New Transparent Process to Examine Budget: NY State Senate Higher Education Chair Ken LaValle to Host First of Several Higher Ed. Budget Roundtables.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair of the New York State Senate’s Higher Education Committee will chair a first of its kind Higher Education Budget Roundtable with members of the Senate’s Higher Education Committee as well as representatives of the State University of New York  (SUNY) including Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer Monica Rimai and other senior SUNY officials to discuss the 2011-2012 Executive Budget and its impact on the University system.

February 9, 2011
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Statement of Senator Kenneth LaValle, Chair of NYS Higher Education Committee, on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Budget.

“At the conclusion of the Governor’s budget presentation my staff will began a line-by-line review of the higher education budget to determine, for various stakeholders, what is and is not in the budget and establish the budget’s impact on higher education."

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February 1, 2011
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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
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UB 2020 is top priority for Western New York Legislative Delegation

The Western New York Legislative Delegation has made the University at Buffalo’s 2020 strategic plan for excellence and growth a top priority for 2011, reaffirming its belief that UB’s future and Western New York’s future are closely linked.

Today the delegation spoke with one voice in demonstrating its unified feelings about UB 2020.  The bipartisan group of senators and assemblymembers announced they are sending a joint letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking that the chief elements of the UB 2020 plan be incorporated into the executive budget proposal for the 2011-2012 state fiscal year, which is expected to be released on February 1, 2011.  A copy of the letter is attached.

January 14, 2011
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WNY Delegation unites for UB 2020

The Western New York Legislative Delegation has made the University at Buffalo’s 2020 strategic plan for excellence and growth a top priority for 2011, reaffirming its belief that UB’s future and Western New York’s future are closely linked.

January 14, 2011
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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.

File: 
Bonacic_keeping_SUNY_affordable.pdf

September 28, 2010
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Aubertine: Grant Brings New Medical Equipment to SUNY Canton

Senator secures $15k for nursing program, helping prepare tomorrow’s healthcare workers

CANTON (September 27, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine visited Wicks Hall on the SUNY Canton campus today to announce a $15,000 legislative grant to help the college update its nursing facilities and equipment.

September 27, 2010
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Aubertine: SUNY Raises Send Wrong Message

Efforts to save money should not be undone by hiking pay to well compensated administrators

WATERTOWN (September 16, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine today said that he is concerned about reports of raises exceeding 10 percent going to high level State University of New York administrators in Albany at a time when rank and file SUNY employees are taking furloughs to keep costs down and maintain SUNY’s quality educational programs.

September 16, 2010
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SUNY Brockport celebrates 175 years

Senator George Maziarz spoke at an event marking SUNY Brockport's 175th Anniversary.  Senate and Assembly resolutions were presented in honor of the milestone.

September 9, 2010
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Senator Foley Announces Agreement on SUNY Empowerment

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) announced today that through his own advocacy, and that of his colleague, Senator William T. Stachowski, a bicameral agreement has been reached on the SUNY Empowerment legislation.

“Higher education is a lynchpin in so many ways and we must ensure that our students are receiving the best possible education,” said Senator Foley. “Allowing some of our state’s institutions of higher learning, including Stony Brook University, to have flexibility in setting tuition rates and entering into public-private partnerships will allow the schools to offer smaller class sizes and greater educational opportunities for our students.”

August 4, 2010
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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson, Senator Brian X. Foley And Senator William T. Stachowski

We have reached a framework agreement on SUNY/CUNY empowerment.

Higher education is a lifeline for our children and for working-class New Yorkers. Increasing our investments in higher education to reduce class size, create jobs, and foster public/private partnerships, will ensure our SUNY and CUNY systems remain top ranked institutions, and guarantee the next generation of New York’s thinkers, leaders and workers will have the tools to excel.

August 3, 2010
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Senate Democrats hope to use stopped paychecks as leverage

This is the issue that Sen. William Stachowski, a Lake View Democrat, cited in his refusal to go along with the last budget bill. He wants to at least let the University at Buffalo start the financing initiative in a pilot program. And without his vote, the 32 Democrats would need GOP help to pass the bill. Republicans have so far balked at that idea.

See the full article here: http://www.buffalonews.com/2010/07/11/1109503/senate-democrats-hope-to-use-stopped.html

July 13, 2010
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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
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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:

June 28, 2010
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