Issues: Higher Education

Local Student Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent

On Wednesday afternoon, Changing the Community (CTC) held a ceremony to honor six local high school football players, who were a part of the organization's football camp, as they signed their letters of intent to play college football. The students honored were: Alex Officer of Eastridge High School who is heading to University of Pittsburgh; Chauncey Scissum of Rush-Henrietta High School heading to Syracuse University; Cullen Casey of McQuaid Jesuit High School heading to Old Dominion University; Qwaheem Marshall who played for Wilson Magnet and is heading to Gannon; Rod Stevens of Webster Thomas High School who is heading to Grambling; and Dan Leonard of Bath who is heading to West Liberty.

February 7, 2013

Seward Starts Fine Tuning State Budget


ALBANY, 02/04/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named to three key senate budget sub-committees which will review the governor’s budget proposal and offer recommendations for modifications.  Senator Seward will serve on the education, health and higher education & arts sub-committees.

“State expenditures on education and health are leading concerns and effect a number of economic sectors,” said Senator Seward.  “Spending decisions made at the Capitol in these areas greatly influence the budgets of local schools, households, and governments.  Small business owners also closely monitor these issues because they impact their ability to operate and expand.

February 4, 2013

Seward Receives Committee Assignments

ALBANY, 01/29/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is set to fight for vital insurance, health, education and budget needs in the new senate session after receiving committee assignments.


Insurance – chair

Agriculture, Education, Finance, Health, Higher Education, Mental Health, Rules

January 29, 2013

2012 Higher Education Legislative Report


Dear Senator Skelos:

It is my pleasure to submit the annual report of the Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education for the 2012 legislative session. 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.

Higher Education 2012 Legislative Report

January 28, 2013

Senator LaValle Continues as Chair of Senate’s Higher Education Committee

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) will again chair the New York State Senate’s Committee on Higher Education, a post Senator LaValle has held for all but two years since 1979. Senator LaValle’s appointment was announced by Senators Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein on January 24.  Senator LaValle was also appointed a member of an additional seven standing Senate committees: Aging, Education, Environmental Conservation, Finance, Insurance, Rules and Judiciary.

January 26, 2013


Broad Coalition of Brooklyn Elected Officials Urge Long-Term Plan to Keep All Campuses Open

BROOKLYN – Today, a broad coalition of Brooklyn elected officials joined 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), nurses and caregivers, and community members to rally in support of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Long Island College Hospital (LICH), and the hospital’s other affiliates – which are vital to Brooklyn’s already-underserved residents.

Last week, an audit released by the New York State Comptroller’s office made clear that there is a fiscal crisis at SUNY Downstate and its affiliated institutions. The elected officials are arguing that the potential closure of any campus is unacceptable, and that SUNY must develop a stabilization plan that provides a long-term solution to preserve critical diversity in medical education, quality healthcare, and good jobs for Brooklyn and the entire state.

January 25, 2013

Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013


Review The Governor's Proposal Yourself:

“State government has been able to change direction the last two years largely because Albany has adopted a course of fiscal prudence. Today’s budget proposal demonstrates the Governor’s continued commitment to financial responsibility, keeping state spending growth below two percent while closing a $1.35 billion budget deficit without proposing any new taxes.”

January 23, 2013

Kennedy Remains Top Ranking Democrat on Economic Development Committee, Earns Place on Finance Committee

Assignments to important committee posts follow Leader Stewart-Cousins move to make Kennedy a part of her leadership team. 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, today announced his committee assignments for the 2013 legislative session. Kennedy will retain his position as the ranking Democratic member on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business. He also earned a post on the Senate Finance Committee, which will give the Senator a larger influence on legislation that carries fiscal implications for the state.

January 22, 2013

LaValle Bill Establishes Regional Technology High School

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle introduced legislation (S. 1768) on January 9, 2013 that will create a Suffolk School of Math, Science & Engineering Regional Technology Institute to provide instruction to students in the Eastern Suffolk BOCES and the Western Suffolk BOCES in a technology-based learning process of core academic areas.

 The new regional high school would provide high school instruction for grades nine through 12, dedicated to providing expanded learning opportunities to students residing in the Eastern Suffolk BOCES, the Western Suffolk BOCES, and in the school districts of such adjoining BOCES, Senator LaValle said.

January 22, 2013

Remember: January is 'Financial Aid Awareness Month'

Elmira, N.Y., January 8—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents today that January is College Financial Aid Awareness Month in New York State and the Higher Education Service Corporation’s (HESC) campaign, “Start Here, Get There,” is offering a month-long series of events and other tools to help students and families undertake the college aid application process.

January 8, 2013

Senator Martins Discusses College Choices With Sewanhaka PTSA Reps

State Senator Jack Martins discussed college choices with parents at the annual Sewanhaka Central High Council of PTSA's holiday party this past Friday. Sewanhaka delegate Belinda Amell and Past SCC Council President Jill Bamberger sat with with Senator Martins where they discussed college financial aid issues, grants and college educational programs. "Listening to parents who are on the front lines of going through the college maze of financial aid, choices and programs gives me great perspective as State Senator. We are constantly looking at ways in the Senate to help parents, our young people and non-traditional students who are working harder than ever to pay the tuition and get the program choices in colleges.

December 11, 2012


Statement From Senator Patrick M. Gallivan - Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee

December 4, 2012

LaValle: Technologies Being Developed at Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Lab May Hold Solution to Storm Communication Woes.

 Mount Sinai, NY, December 04, 2012 -- New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Higher Education will be joined by representatives from the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, National Grid and PSE&G for a 2-hour roundtable discussion (closed to media) about the obstacles encountered during Hurricane/Super storm Sandy and how technologies being developed by Stony Brook’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology and Brookhaven National Laboratory may be of help in the future.

December 4, 2012

Student Loan Relief for New Yorkers Affected by Hurricane Sandy - Disaster Counties Eligible for 90 Day Grace Period

Governor Cuomo has authorized New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) to grant temporary student loan relief to New Yorkers who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. If requested, New Yorkers in Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland Suffolk and Westchester counties are now eligible to receive a 90 day grace period, from October 27th, 2012 to January 25th, 2013, in order to repay their student loan payments. All members of the military who have been called to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy will also be eligible.

November 13, 2012


State Seantor Patty Ritchie visited SUNY Oswego recently to meet with the college's President, Deb Stanley. 

November 1, 2012

New York Immigration Coalition & FPA Announce 2013 DREAM Fellowship Program

The New York Immigration Coalition, in partnership with the Fund for Public Advocacy, announced its acceptance of applications for the 2013 DREAM Fellowship Program, a semester-long leadership development program.

The Dream Fellowship Program is a semester-long leadership development program, initiated jointly by the New York Immigration Coalition and the Fund for Public Advocacy. In its first semester in the Spring of 2012, ten college-level DREAM Act eligible student leaders were selected for the fellowship, which included leadership development trainings, internships at community organizations and $2,000 scholarships toward tuition at City University of New York. The Korean American Community Foundation also provided supported for the program.

October 26, 2012

RIT Announces Center for Urban Entrepreneurship

Earlier today, I had the privilege to attend a press conference where RIT. announced that will open a new Center for Urban Entrepreneurship in Downtown Rochester. RIT received the building at 40 Franklin Street, the former Rochester Savings Bank, through a donation from Rochester Historic Ventures. The university estimates it will cost about $1.2 million in capital improvements to refurbish parts of the building. Another $2-$4 million will be needed to prepare the building for programmatic needs. The anticipated opening of the center is fall 2013.

October 22, 2012

R.I.T. College of Applied Science & Technology Celebrates 40 Years

Earlier this afternoon, I was privileged to join my colleagues from New York State, and the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the College of Applied Science and Technology at R.I.T. for their 40th Anniversary Celebration. The College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) at RIT has a long-standing reputation of excellence and innovation. Established in 1972, it is one of the Institute’s largest colleges enrolling approximately one-fifth of all the students at RIT. The college offers a myriad of dynamic programs—ranging from hospitality, nutrition and service management, health systems administration, human resource development, packaging science, environmental management and safety, engineering technology, and the Army and Air Force ROTC.

October 18, 2012
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