Veto Overrides Restore Funding for Higher Education, SUNY Capital Projects

April 24, 2006

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D-Tompkins/Cortland) announced today that the Assembly voted to override the governor’s misguided vetoes providing needed funding for higher education initiatives, while investing in SUNY capital projects.

“The bipartisan agreement that we reached makes a solid investment in higher education,” Lifton said. “With today’s action, not only will students have access to an affordable college education, we’ll be able to make vital improvements to the classrooms and laboratories that enhance their learning.”

The Assembly’s action will provide:

  • Vital operating aid for SUNY to strengthen academic programs with critically needed full-time faculty and support for high needs programs
  • Over $1 million to support the Liberty Partnerships Program, which provides services to high school students- a program proven to lower New York’s drop-out rate
  • Funding to the Tuition Assistance Program

Lifton also fought to secure $24.4 million for SUNY capital projects in her district. The overrides will ensure:

  • $20 million for SUNY Cortland’s Phase I project to upgrade the Science/Technology building;
  • $2 million for Cornell University’s Industrial Labor Relations faculty wing restoration; and
  • $2.4 million for Tompkins Cortland Community College’s athletic facility renovation/master plan initiative.

“By making this money available for capital improvements, the local economy will benefit,” Lifton said. “Improvements to area buildings and facilities will bring more jobs and business opportunities.”

“Unlike the governor’s budget, the Legislature’s budget removes the obstacles the governor attempted to put in place to make it harder for working families to get a college education that will help them succeed in our global economy, Lifton said.”