Assemblywoman Clark Supports Investments in New York’s SUNY and CUNY Systems

Clark votes “Yes” to overriding the Governor’s vetoes on capital funding for New York’s State and City Collegiate Institutions
April 28, 2006
The Assembly stood up for students and working families across New York state by voting to override the governor’s devastating vetoes of funding for colleges and universities.

“We believe New York must invest in its colleges and universities and do whatever we can to make the pursuit of higher education accessible to everyone. The Governor’s vetoes protect the pairing of tuition increases and decreased financial assistance programs such as TAP,” Assemblywoman Clark said. “With today’s action, the Assembly has taken an important step toward re-establishing and maintaining the accessibility to a quality education that every New Yorker deserves.”

The overrides will ensure over $465 million in capital funding to SUNY and $302 million to CUNY schools. Assemblywoman Clark mentioned that the Assembly’s override would deliver up to $34 million to Queens based CUNY institutions alone, enabling renovations and construction projects at Queens and York Colleges, as well as at LaGuardia and Queensborough Community Colleges to move forward. (Click here to view "Bipartisan Legislative Budget Supports SUNY/CUNY Construction"

If left unchallenged, the governor’s vetoes would:

  • Slash vital operating aid for SUNY and CUNY to strengthen academic programs;
  • Cut capital aid for state college and university enhancements, including new construction; and
  • Reduce funding for the highly successful Tuition Assistance Program.

“Unlike the Governor’s budget, the Legislature’s budget invests hundreds of millions of dollars into higher education and much-needed capital improvement projects, while making it easier for New Yorkers working full- and part-time jobs to afford to go to SUNY and CUNY schools,” said Clark. “It is no secret that collegiate study yields increased opportunities. It would be unjust to permit the Governor’s vetoes to close the door on the State’s future.”