Issues: Higher Education

Committee Meeting: Higher Education

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, May 3, 2011 Room 807 LOB

May 3, 12:30 PM - 1:02 PM

Senator Griffo Announces Scholarship Opportunity

Awards Geared Towards Italian-American Students

Utica - Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R,C, IP - Rome) announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four scholarships to be awarded on June 6th at their Annual Legislative Conference Day.

April 20, 2011

R.I.T. Breaks Ground for Golisano Institute for Sustainability

On Friday, April 15th, Senator Robach spoke at, and took part in, a groundbreaking ceremony at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The school broke ground on the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. The building will serve as a center for sustainability research, technology transfer, education and outreach and will provide a showcase for green construction and design. RIT received a $13.1 million grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Construction Grant Program for the facility and $10 million in funding from the state of New York to assist with construction.

April 18, 2011

Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Room 807 LOB

April 12, 12:30 PM - 1:04 PM

Internships Available with Senator Kennedy

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, invites students to apply for an internship in his office. An internship in Senator Kennedy’s office will provide qualified students with the opportunity to gain valuable, first-hand experience in working to build a stronger and more prosperous future in Western New York and across the state. Openings are available in the Western New York and Albany offices.

“It is an honor to represent our community and to spend every day working to push Western New York forward along the path to prosperity,” Senator Kennedy said. “As we fight to restore greatness to the Empire State, I encourage motivated, young Western New Yorkers, who are ready to make a difference in our community, to join us in our work.”

April 5, 2011

A Day Spent in the Senate

From the Albany Times Union

By Tim O'Brien

ALBANY -- Latin American college students from across the state got a chance to sit in the seat of a state senator Saturday.

About 70 students from city and state university campuses participated in the Somos Legislative Conference. For 15 years, students have been assigned to represent a Senate district, study a specific piece of legislation and then take to the Senate floor to debate.

While the students use their own names, they are supposed to represent the district and political party of the real senator. This year, they debated an actual bill that called for a five-member independent commission to redraw legislative district boundaries.

April 4, 2011

Senator Martins Congratulates Students Bound For Harvard

Mineola High School not only has one student accepted to Harvard University, but two.

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated Mineola High School seniors Sean Cha and Luke Escobar for being accepted to Harvard University.

"Sean and Luke are a testament to the education taking place in Mineola. They made the entire community proud. I wish them the best of luck but I know it is hard work that will make them successful," Senator Martins said.

April 1, 2011

Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, April 6, 2011 Room 807 LOB

April 6, 9:30 AM - 9:38 AM

Senator Kennedy Releases Statement on 2011-12 Budget

Kennedy cites exclusion of UB 2020, massive cuts to students, millionaires’ bailout as reasons for ‘no’ vote

ALBANY, N.Y. – For the first time in five years, Albany has passed a budget on time. While Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, is proud of the accomplishment, he is deeply concerned about some of the details contained in – or absent from – the budget bills.

March 31, 2011

Senator Kennedy Talks to WBEN-AM about On-time Budget, 'No' Vote

Senator Kennedy spoke Thursday to John Zach and Susan Susan Rose on Buffalo's Early News to discuss the state's first on-time budget in five years and his reaction to the budget details.

Click here to listen to the interview.


March 31, 2011

State Budget Closes $10 Billion Deficit, Restores Fiscal Responsibility, Builds Road to Job Creation With No New Taxes, No Borrowing.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson),  chairman of the Senate’s Higher Education Committee today said  the budget about to be enacted restored an orderly and open budget negotiation process, brought back fiscal responsibility to the state, closes a $10 billion budget deficit and creates a road to job creation and economic recovery, all with no new taxes or borrowing.

“This budget,” LaValle said, “reaches its financial goals with no new taxes and no borrowing and will cut next year's projected budget deficit from $15 billion to about $2 billion.”

School Aid     

March 30, 2011

Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 10:30 AM, Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Room 807 LOB

March 30, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Applications now being accepted for the 2011 Edna A. Lauterbach Scholarship Fund for New York State nurses

Applications are now being accepted for the 2011 Edna A. Lauterbach Scholarship, a fund established exclusively for New York State nurses that wish to further their careers in home and community-based care.

Registered (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are urged to apply for scholarships of up to $2,000 that can be used for tuition, books, specialty training and education, and other educational-related expenses.



March 21, 2011

Budget Conference Committees Start Fine-Tuning State Budget

ALBANY, 03/16/11 -- 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.

Regarding his higher education subcommittee assignment Senator Seward said:

“Our SUNY schools and community colleges are vital on two fronts – providing a quality, affordable education for our young people and driving our upstate economy.  As we develop a final state budget, I will be working to ensure our state’s higher education system will remain an attainable dream for our young people and their families and an economic engine for our region.”

March 16, 2011
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