Issues: Higher Education

Staff Analysis of the SFY 2008-09 Executive Budget

Analysis of the Executive Budget begins with a summary of the spending plan. It then examines an explanation of receipts and provides for Senate issues in focus. Finally, it examines appropriations and disbursements for each agency and program included in the budget. The report provides a comparison of the appropriations recommended this year with those approved last year, and an analysis of the Governor’s recommendations.

August 31, 2009
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Proposed Affiliation Polytechnic University and New York University

Assessment of the legal situation regarding the proposed affiliation of New York University with Polytechnic University.

August 31, 2009
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Focusing on Rural New York: Rural Resources Commission Overview

Overview of the Rural Resource Commission's background, legislative chapters and publications.

August 31, 2009
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Staff Analysis of the SFY 2009-10 Executive Budget Vols. I & II

This analysis of the Executive Budget begins with a summary of the spending plan. It then examines an explanation of receipts and provides for Senate issues in focus. Finally, it examines appropriations and disbursements for each agency and program included in the budget. The report provides a comparison of the appropriations recommended this year with those approved last year, and an analysis of the Governor’s recommendations.

August 31, 2009
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Report of the Senate Finance Committee on the SFY 2008-09 Executive Budget

August 30, 2009
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Senator Oppenheimer's Legislation providing for Liscensure of Electrical Inspectors in Westchester County is Signed Into Law

Senator Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce that her bill, S. 5713, which provides for the licensing of electrical inspectors by the county of Westchester, was recently signed into law by Governor Paterson.

August 25, 2009
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St. Joseph's College & Sen. Foley Announce $1.77 Million Grant

Funding, Secured by Foley as part of N.Y.S Higher Education Capital Matching Grants Program, is largest funding award in St. Joseph’s history and will go towards building state-of- the art athletic complex

August 19, 2009
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Long Island Veterans to Benefit from Veteran-Friendly Campuses

College/university administrators from throughout L.I. meet with Sen. Foley, Assemb. Schimel, Assemb. McDonough, & Div. of Vets’ Affairs to discuss ways of helping vets access benefits of new G.I Bill & retain quality higher-education

August 14, 2009
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Seward Joins SUNY Cobleskill Celebration For New Ag Center

COBLESKILL, 08/04/09 -- Armed with the traditional golden shovel and hard hats, SUNY Chancellor Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher, New York State Senator James Seward, Assemblyman Peter Lopez and college officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the $41.7M Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources on Tuesday, August 4 at SUNY Cobleskill.

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August 3, 2009
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Senator Bill Perkins & Local Teens Raise Awareness of Urban Issues

Senator Bill Perkins & Local Teens Raise Awareness of Urban Issues

August 3, 2009
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Public School, Public Business

First published in print: Sunday, July 12, 2009  As the State University of New York copes with two years of state funding cuts totaling $334 million, state Sen. Toby Stavisky raises a question worth asking: Why, at a time when SUNY has $450 million in cash, has it apparently rebuffed the Paterson administration's proposal to tap some of that money to offset those budget cuts?  It turns out that SUNY has some answers to those questions. But the official word from Chancellor Nancy Zimpher's office is that she won't discuss the matter in public.

July 15, 2009
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SUNY Cuts Despite Cash Hoard - Senator urges use of balances to halt layoffs at 64 campuses

By JAMES M. ODATO, Capitol bureau First published in print: Wednesday, July 8, 2009  ALBANY -- It didn't take long for the new State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher to get under a lawmaker's skin.   

July 15, 2009
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SENATE PASSES STACHOWSKI BILL TO ADVANCE U.B. ECONOMIC GROWTH PLAN

University’s 2020 Initiative Set To Energize Region

June 4, 2009
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Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz Donates Laptops To Bronx Students

New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) together with the Hispanic Federation will provide laptops to students at the High School for Visual Arts located at 2040 Mercy College Place on Friday, June 5, 2009 at 12:00 PM.   

June 5, 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM
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UB to honor business links

From the Buffalo NewsThe University at Buffalo will honor, evaluate and promote its associations with area businesses today with its annual Business Partner Day at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo.Honors include the Reaching Others Award, to be given to New York State Sen. William T. Stachowski for his support for UB’s growth and its UB 2020 expansion plans.The luncheon program is sold out. But displays and panel discussions that run from 8 a. m. to noon are free and open to the public.

June 4, 2009
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UB 2020 Reforms One Step Closer to Law

Joyce Kryszak

BUFFALO, NY (2009-06-04)

The New York State Senate Wednesday passed legislation that sets the stage for UB to operate more like an independent business. Click the audio player above to hear Joyce Kryszak's full story now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod.

The bill is called the "UB 20-20 Flexibility and Economic Growth Act." But its effect is potentially more exciting than its name. To become law, the bill still must receive final passage from the State Assembly.

June 4, 2009
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Senator Stachowski Ends Discussion on Floor in Relation to Senate Bill 2020

Senator Stachowski wraps up discussion on UB2020 and thanks his those who supporte his efforts to make S2020C happen.

June 4, 2009
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Senator Stachowski Explains Senate Bill 2020

Senator Stachowski provides and in-depth explaination of S2020C, a revolutionary bill that empowers the University of Buffalo to become an engine of economic growth for WNY.

June 4, 2009
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Senator Schneiderman’s Bill To Protect Yoga Studios From Harassment By The Education Department Clears Key Committee

ALBANY – Sen. Eric T. Schneiderman’s legislation (S.5701) to protect New York’s yoga studios from regulations that threaten their livelihood passed the Senate Higher Education Committee today. In recent weeks, the New York State Education Department accused yoga studios of violating the law by training new instructors without a license, despite the fact that such licenses have never been required before. The state also threatened the studios with fines up to $50,000.

June 2, 2009
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