Joseph A. Griffo's posts related to Higher Education

New York State Senate Commemorates Hamilton College Bicentennial

"This week, I was proud to have sponsored into the legislative record of New York State, a resolution recognizing the bicentennial celebration of Hamilton College, one of nation's oldest and finest bastions of higher education.  The college can point to numerous notable graduates who have been influential in many walks of life, be it here in the region,  in the state, in the country and internationally.  I'm pleased that I could join  President Joan Hinde Stewart, the staff, students, alums and supporters of Hamilton College in sharing tremendous pride in commemoration of this event."


Griffo Says Affordable College Plan Passes Senate

Senate Passes College Affordability PlanIncreased Tuition Tax Breaks; Lower Student Loan Interest Rates; Tuition Pre-Payment; Truth-in-Lending for Student Loans



(Utica) – In an effort to focus on challenges confronting
education and exploring a variety of ideas and policies for North County and
Mohawk Valley school districts and colleges, State Senator Joseph A. Griffo
today announced that the he would be hosting a three-part Education Town
Hall Series in Oneida County. The series will feature some of the state’s


Remarks from SUNY Potsdam Performing Arts Center opening

Remarks from SUNY Potsdam Performing Arts Center opening


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.

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

Read more here.

"Your Voice" With Senator Joe Griffo

Senator Griffo discusses Olympian Erin Hamlin, the governor's Adirondack Challenge, the flawed implementation of Common Core, his opposition to taxpayer-funded college for state inmates, and the Senate's budget with host Julia Lilkendey.

Your Voice with Senator Griffo

Senator Griffo discusses the Senate's budget resolution, and his priorities for tax relief, mandate relief, education, agriculture, health care and infrastructure. Hosted by Julia Lilkendey.

Griffo, Brindisi: State Budget Supports New York Students And Their Colleges

ALBANY – New York’s colleges – and its students – receive more financial help from the state if the 2014-15 budget is passed, Sen. Joseph A. Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi said today.

The Tuition Assistance Program - which helps New Yorkers pay for the cost of attending a State University of New York (SUNY), City University of New York (CUNY), or not-for-profit independent college - will be increased by $34 million. The maximum award per student will be $5,165 – the first increase in 14 years.


Help For Students Attending College - And Those Paying for It

Congratulations! Your child has just been accepted to a college.

Now: How are you going to pay for that?

Determining the true cost of a continuing education can be tricky. Here’s three websites that will make it easier to find the aid you need – and avoid the predatory scammers lurking.



"Your Voice" with Senator Griffo

On this week's episode, Senator Griffo breaks down the budget - taxes, spending, education, Common Core, higher ed, health care, agriculture, transporation and ethics.

With I Love My Parks Day upcoming, Griffo explains what state legislators are doing for the environment and for state parks. And finally, the senator recaps a forum on heroin and opioid abuse that he recently hosted in Utica.

"Your Voice" is hosted by Julia Lilkendey.