Issues: Higher Education

NO Free College For Prisoners

ONEONTA, 02/20/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today voiced his opposition to Governor Cuomo’s proposal to provide free college educations for prison inmates:

“I talk to parents and high school students on a regular basis and one of their top concerns is college. Our young people study, stress over test scores, and work extremely hard just to gain entrance to the schools of their choice. Meanwhile, their parents scrimp, save, sacrifice, and, in many cases, take on extra jobs and loads to help with tuition bills. I can’t imagine telling these hard-working families that while they are doing everything right, a criminal sitting in a jail cell is being handed an opportunity their children don’t have.

February 20, 2014
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Syracuse Undocumented Rising raises awareness of DREAM Act’s implications

By Brett Samuels, Asst. News Editor

In mid-November, Daisy Becerra marched with around ten other students to State Senator David Valesky’s office to encourage him to support the New York DREAM Act.

The students, several of which are undocumented, walked through the cold and snow, in the hopes that Valesky would support the legislation. The legislation would give students who are undocumented immigrants access to financial aid.

“It was the first snow of the season, our signs were drenched by the time we got there, and we were freezing, absolutely freezing,” said Becerra, a senior magazine journalism major at Syracuse University. “But for me, it was worth every second.”

February 10, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education  Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair  11:30 AM, Tuesday, February 11, 2014  Room 807 LOB

February 11, 11:30 AM - 11:33 AM
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Room 807 LOB

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN TIME OF MEETING

January 28, 12:00 PM - 12:04 PM
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January is Financial Aid Awareness Month

The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), the state's student financial aid agency, puts college within reach of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers each year by administering 18 student financial aid programs, including the flagship Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). The HESC also offers college access and career planning guidance, and administers a highly successful College Savings Program.

For more information on tuition assistance and other available to New York State students, please visit HESC.ny.gov.

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January 15, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle announces the availability of the 2013 Higher Education Legislative Report

Senator Ken LaValle announces the availability of the 2013 Higher Education Legislative Report

 

 Despite Challenges, high quality academic standards maintained; Institutions remain most valuable economic development engines

Senator Ken LaValle announced the availability of the 2013 State Senate Higher Education Legislative Report.  Senator LaValle said, “Although New York State’s institutions of higher education face many challenges, they continue to maintain high quality academic standards and continue to remain the state’s most valuable economic development engines.”

January 6, 2014
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Senator Klein, Assemblyman Hikind Denounce American Studies Association Boycott of Israel; Announce New Legislation Aimed at Cutting Off Taxpayer Dollars to Colleges and Universities that Support Boycott

In the wake of the American Studies Association's (ASA) targeted and singular boycott of Israeli universities, State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) announced plans to introduce legislation that would cut-off state aid to public and private universities who participate in organizations that boycott countries like Israel.

December 28, 2013
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Making New York Affordable: Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Launches IDC’s 2014 Agenda

Before Senator Klein and the IDC crafted their legislative agenda, Senator Klein heard from real New York families on how their coping with our state's affordability crisis. This video shows some of what these working New Yorkers said. 

December 13, 2013
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Livestreaming "Affordable New York" Legislative Roll Out Today at 11am

Majority Coalition Leader, IDC Conference Leader and State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) will announce “Affordable NY,” a bold new set of legislative proposals aimed at making New York affordable for working families. Affordable NY will reinvest $1.75 billion into programs, services, and tax credits that directly benefit working families and retirees. 

December 13, 2013
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Senator Stavisky Meets with Francis Lewis High School Seniors to Discuss Government, Politics and Civic Involvement

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) met with Crystal Ng, Emily Chen and Myung Jin (Jenna) Kim, three students from Francis Lewis High School, to discuss government, politics and civic engagement as part of an assignment for their social studies class.

 

December 12, 2013
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Cutting the Ribbon on SUNY Potsdam's Performing Arts Center

"What makes this story more remarkable is: During his freshman year, as this bill was going through, some of the Senate leadership wanted to reduce the scope of this particular project. Well, fortunately, Senator Griffo stood tall against the leadership, managed to secure the full $55 million that came through the Senate that resulted in this impressive facility." - SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dennis Hefner

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December 5, 2013
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Remarks from SUNY Potsdam Performing Arts Center opening

Remarks from SUNY Potsdam Performing Arts Center opening

DR. DENNIS HEFNER, INTERIM PRESIDENT:

It’s my pleasure to introduce our first speaker. The entire campus extends its profound gratitude to our state senator, Joseph Griffo. [Applause]

He was instrumental in securing – you can clap if you want to, that’s okay [Applause] – He was instrumental in securing the full $55 million in funding for the Performing Arts Center from the Senate and the Senate committees. And he did this during his freshman year.

December 4, 2013
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Sixth Annual Latino College Fair to be Held on November 23 in the Bronx

 New York students and families looking to find more information on the college process are encouraged to attend the state’s Sixth Annual Latino College Fair and Workshop to be held Saturday, November 23 at the Bronx Rose Hill Campus of Fordham University.

November 20, 2013
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Senator Klein Announces Major Job Creation Program, “START-UP NEW YORK” in the Bronx

BRONX, NY– Standing under the dome of the Gould Memorial Library at Bronx Community College (BCC), State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced that BCC will be a host site for START-UP New York, a groundbreaking initiative that allows select colleges and universities to create tax-free zones on or near their academic campuses.

November 14, 2013
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Senator Kevin Parker Introduces College Credits for Veterans

(Brooklyn, NY) – On the eve of the national Veterans Day holiday observance on Monday, November 11, 2013, Senator Kevin Parker (D-21), announced he would be introducing the NY CARES Act (New York College Aid for Returning Empire State Service members).  The bill requires New York’s public and private universities to accept military service for some college credit.

November 11, 2013
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O'Brien discusses future of video game industry in New York State

Roundtable at R.I.T. features local entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, national game industry figures and fellow Senators

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O'Brien joined fellow legislators and industry experts in discussing how video game design and development can become part of upstate's economic renaissance.

October 30, 2013
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