Lifton Fights Governor's Cuts to Cornell and TC3

Legislature passes supplemental budget, restoring governor's cuts to local schools
January 10, 2005

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D-Tompkins/Cortland) announced that she has sponsored a supplemental budget bill (A.118) to return $13 million in SUNY capital funding for the public colleges within Cornell University and $10.6 million for Tompkins Cortland Community College that the governor vetoed in this year’s state budget. This bill is expected to pass the floor of the Assembly today.

"The path to a better, stronger New York begins with a quality education for our children," Lifton said. "By vetoing these capital projects the governor threatened access to education for students statewide."

Cornell will use $9 million of the funds to help finance renovating the aging North Martha Van Rensselaer Hall, which houses part of the school of Human Ecology. Another $3 million will go toward the renovation of the school of Industrial and Labor Relations’ faculty wing. The remaining $1 million will be applied to Cornell’s Agricultural Experimental Station.

The $10.6 million TC3 receives will go toward capital funding for its effort to help alleviate crowding at the school, which has seen a 40 percent increase in enrollment over the last six years. Moving the athletic facility out of the main academic building and into its own building will free up classroom and laboratory space.

"These schools need this funding," Lifton said. "Both Cornell and TC3 are integral to our economy and working families in our communities. By investing in New York’s higher education system we all benefit. I call on the Senate to join the Assembly in passing this supplemental budget."