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Statement on the FY2019 Executive Budget Proposal

Posted by on January 17, 2018 in News | 0 comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 16, 2018 Contact: Arthur Ramsay (arthur.ramsay@sunysa.org, 631-972-5097) “Investing in public higher education in New York is an investment in the future of our great state. While we understand the financial burden placed on the state by the recent revisions to the federal tax code and spending cuts in Washington, New York’s budget should not be balanced on the backs of the 1.1 million students enrolled in SUNY and CUNY institutions. “The 600,000 students of the State University of New York are...

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SUNY Student Assembly President Marc J. Cohen’s Statement on the 2018 State of the State Address

Posted by on January 3, 2018 in News | 0 comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 3, 2018 Contact: Arthur Ramsay (arthur.ramsay@sunysa.org, 631-972-5097)   The Governor’s State of the State addressed critical issues facing the students of the State University of New York ranging from food insecurity and environmental sustainability to affordability and sexual assault prevention. This past month the Governor announced a new initiative to tackle food insecurity on college campuses. We appreciate the Governor using his platform to draw attention to this important yet under-discussed...

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Statement from the SUNY Student Assembly on Governor Cuomo’s Veto of S.1596A

Posted by on December 19, 2017 in Current, News | 0 comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 19, 2017 Contact: Arthur Ramsay (arthur.ramsay@sunysa.org, 631-972-5097) The SUNY Student Assembly is deeply disappointed by Governor Cuomo’s decision to veto bill S.1596A which calls for a true Maintenance of Effort. The legislation, which passed both houses of the legislature overwhelmingly this past spring, called on the state to shoulder more of the responsibility for mandatory cost increases in SUNY and CUNY. Without this commitment from the state, these increased costs will be borne by already...

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Testimony to the Assembly Higher Education Committee on the Excelsior Scholarship

Posted by on December 13, 2017 in Current, News | 0 comments

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 committee’s appreciation for the student voice in the higher education policy-making dialogue has been consistent and...

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Statement by SUNYSA President and SUNY Trustee Marc J. Cohen on the Federal Tax Proposal

Posted by on November 7, 2017 in Current, News | 0 comments

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 have a responsibility to expand access to an affordable higher education, not limit opportunities.  Graduates...

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Open Position: Interim Secretary

Posted by on November 6, 2017 in Archive, News | 0 comments

The Student Assembly is searching for an Interim Secretary to serve from November 11, 2017 (the date of election) through April 7, 2018 (when the Assembly elects a new Secretary for the 2018-19 term). Below is an outline of the job responsibilities and other information on how to apply, if you are interested in the position. The Secretary serves as a voting member of both the Executive Board and the Executive Committee and is expected to attend all meetings of the Student Assembly and its component units. The Secretary also serves as a...

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SUNY Student Leaders to Recognize and Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Posted by on October 8, 2017 in Current, News | 0 comments

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 humbled to lead the Student Assembly in yet another celebration of the contributions made by indigenous...

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SUNY Students Support Extension of In-State Tuition Rates for Puerto Rican and Virgin Islander Students

Posted by on October 6, 2017 in Current, News | 0 comments

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 campuses. “SUNY students have shown time and again our willingness to stick together and offer a helping...

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Statement in Support of Federal Perkins Loan Extension from Leaders Across New York

Posted by on September 30, 2017 in Current, News | 0 comments

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 preventing critical legislation, including Perkins reauthorization, from moving forward through the legislative...

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SUNY Student Assembly President and Trustee Marc J. Cohen’s Statement on Title IX Guidance Repeal

Posted by on September 22, 2017 in Current, News | 0 comments

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 environment for all. “The Student Assembly reaffirms its support for the It’s On Us Campaign and will...

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