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President Larson comments on Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address

DATE: 01-05-2012

"I was happy to hear Governor Cuomo's support for SUNY and his recognition of SUNY being the 'great equalizer' for New Yorkers. As a full opportunity college, Cayuga Community College offers open access and an affordable gateway to higher education to all students and displaced workers looking to advance in their careers and lives.

"Governor Cuomo is right in demanding accountability for the public funds used to deliver education to our students. Cayuga is committed to transparency and smart fiscal stewardship, and taxpayers earn a lifetime return of $3.30 on every dollar invested in the college.

"We look forward to competing for one of the three $20 million grants in the expanded NYSUNY2020 program, which connects academic excellence to economic development. This kind of funding can directly jumpstart programs that will have lasting impact on the local and state economies."

"We also support Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's appreciation of the important role that community colleges play, especially during difficult economic times. Restoring the state's funding of 40 percent of our operational budget—as is stipulated by New York State law—would help sustain our high-quality academic and workforce training programs for our growing student population. The Assembly has been a true advocate in advancing the role of community colleges in New York State. We look to them for their continued support."