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The following remarks were delivered by Austin Ostro, Chief of Staff, to the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Higher Education at its December 12, 2017 Public Hearing on the Excelsior Scholarship and the Enhanced Tuition Awards Programs. Chair Glick, members of the Higher Education Committee. I would like to thank you for inviting the SUNY Student Assembly to testify this morning to this distinguished body. This...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 7, 2017 Contact: Arthur Ramsay (arthur.ramsay@sunysa.org, 631-972-5097) While the Student Assembly has not taken a position on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act overall, we strongly oppose provisions that eliminate the Lifetime Learning Credit, employer–provided education assistance programs, and deductions for tuition, student loan interest, and related educational expenses. Our elected leaders...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 8, 2017 Contact: Arthur Ramsay (arthur.ramsay@sunysa.org, 631-972-5097) The SUNY Student Assembly voted two years ago to recognize the second Monday each October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. For the second consecutive year, we are proud to stand by that decision and look forward to celebrating the contributions that Indigenous communities have made to New York and the United States. “I’m extremely...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 6, 2017 Contact: Arthur Ramsay (arthur.ramsay@sunysa.org, 631-972-5097) Moments ago, the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York voted unanimously to revise the guidelines that govern residency requirements for in-state tuition rates to include undergraduate and graduate students from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands for the 2017-18 academic year at SUNY’s state-operated...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 30, 2017 Contact: Arthur Ramsay (arthur.ramsay@sunysa.org, 631-972-5097) In response to the approaching expiration of the Federal Perkins Loan Program, student leaders at the State University of New York are speaking out in support of this campus-based aid program. “The 600,000 students of the State University of New York are disheartened by the divisive partisanship in Washington...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 22, 2017 Contact: Arthur Ramsay (arthur.ramsay@sunysa.org, 631-972-5097) “Any policy that jeopardizes the safety and well-being of survivors must be condemned. So too should any actions taken against accused parties before due process has been fully executed. We must ensure that this administration recognizes both sides, acts in accordance with our constitution, and ensures a safe and just...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 5, 2017 Contact: Arthur Ramsay (arthur.ramsay@sunysa.org, 631-972-5097) “The SUNY Student Assembly is deeply disturbed by the news that President Trump has decided to end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. DACA has given over 800,000 undocumented Americans the opportunity to come out of the shadows and be embraced by the only country they have ever known. “This harmful,...

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