Issues: Higher Education

Senator Hamilton a guest on Cablevision’s Meet the Leaders with Reverend Dr. Cheryl Anthony at Clara Barton High School

(Brooklyn – March 16, 2015) Senator Hamilton took questions with fellow guest Reverend  Dr. Cheryl Anthony (Judah International Christian Center) from Meet the Leaders host Kerry Donovan and dozens of Clara Barton High School students in a broadcast airing today at 8:30 pm on Optimum TV channel 118. Students posed questions on an array of topics including, education, more access to technology in schools, race and police-community relations, the treatment of immigrants, and youth civic engagement. Senator Hamilton and Dr. Anthony also discussed Women’s History Month and the important female leaders who inspired them in their personal and professional lives.

March 17, 2015
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SENATOR AMEDORE MEETS WITH FMCC REPRESENTATIVES

Senator Amedore met with representatives from Fulton Montgomery Community College on their trip to the State Capitol on March 4, 2015. 

March 17, 2015
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Senate Republican Budget Plan Creates Property Tax Rebate & Eliminates GEA

The New York State Senate Republican Majority approved a budget plan Thursday that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, increases aid to education and eliminates the Gap Elimination Adjustment.  It also makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure.

March 16, 2015
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March 16, 4:30 PM - 4:47 PM
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Seward To Play Leading Role In Budget Negotiations

ALBANY, 03/13/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named to the education and higher education budget conference committees and will also serve as an alternate to the general budget conference committee.

Regarding his education conference committee assignment Senator Seward said:

“The senate budget resolution accomplishes two of my primary goals – ending the disastrous Gap Elimination Adjustment and significantly raising school aid through a fair and equitable formula.  Moving forward, I will work to protect this vital funding for our students, and will also focus on the education ‘reforms’ proposed by the governor.”  

March 13, 2015
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Ortt: Senate Budget a Huge Boost to Western NY Schools

Senator Fights for Increased School Funding, College Tuition Assistance

Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) announced today the passage of the State Senate’s “Brighter Future” budget plan and laid out the benefits for Western New York schools and families. The Senate’s proposal, to be negotiated with the Assembly and the Governor, increases school aid by $1.9 billion over last year, completely eliminates the $1 billion deficit remaining from the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).

March 12, 2015
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Senate Passes the "Brighter Future" Budget Plan

The New York State Senate today passed the “Brighter Future” budget plan that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, extends historic opportunities to students and makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs.

March 12, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, March 17, 2015 Room 807 LOB

March 17, 12:30 PM - 12:32 PM
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OCC Students Honored for Academic Excellence and Service

Senator Valesky met two Onondaga Community College (OCC) students on March 9 who received the USA Today Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Team Recognition for their academic excellence and community service. From left are OCC President Casey Crabill, Greg Freitag, Alena Cerro, and Sen. Valesky. Cerro is an electronic media communications major and vice president of public relations for the College’s Alpha Sigma Zeta chapter. Cerro also serves as an Honors Program Student Ambassador and Honors Program Committee Student Representative. She is an intern in OCC’s External Relations and Marketing New Media departments.

March 12, 2015
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STUDENTS FIRST: SENATE BUDGET ADDS $1.9 BILLION FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS

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
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IDC invests in hardworking New York families in State Senate one-house budget resolution

Senate resolution includes key IDC proposals for infrastructure upgrades,  job growth, affordable housing, college affordability and paid family leave

Albany, NY — As the State Senate Coalition announced its $139.7 billion one-house budget resolution on Wednesday, State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and the members of the Independent Democratic Conference unfurled key achievements for New York’s hardworking families.

March 11, 2015
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Dreaming of Tuition Assistance

     A college education today is expensive … ridiculously expensive.

     Most families with dreams of sending a child to college need any and all the help they can get. From scholarships to tuition assistance, every dollar can be the difference between one school or another, between open doors and closed ones, between opportunity and, well …you get the idea.

March 9, 2015
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Senator Amedore Discusses the Early College Program with Amsterdam Students

Senator Amedore had the opportunity to talk about the Early College program with students from Amsterdam who visited the Legislative Office Building on February 10, 2015.

March 6, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 12:30 PM, Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Room 807 LOB

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DATE OF COMMITTEE MEETING

March 11, 12:30 PM - 12:42 PM
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Senator Hamilton, "I Stand for Student Aid"

Senator Hamilton discussed keeping higher education affordable with students from NYU, focusing on the importance of key New York State programs like the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), and the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP).

March 3, 2015
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Senator Valesky Meets with Syracuse University Students

Senator Valesky spoke with a group of bright and energetic Syracuse University students on Feb. 27 about the great work done in HEOP and CSTEP programs.

February 27, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Re-Appointed Chair of Committee on Crime Victims, Crime & Corrections

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has been re-appointed to serve as Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections. The former New York State Trooper and Sheriff of Erie County has chaired the committee since 2013.  

February 6, 2015
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Senator Ken LaValle: 2014 Higher Education Legislative Report Now Available

January 28, 2015 – Senator Ken LaValle, Chairman of the NY State Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education, announced that the 2014 Higher Education Legislative Report is now available.

January 28, 2015
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