The New York State Legislature has passed Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY SUNY 2020 legislation. Upon the signature of the Governor this bill will, among many other valuable measures, enact a rational tuition plan for the State University of New York.
“The passage of NYSUNY 2020 marks an historic moment in that for the first time in recent memory, Stony Brook will be able to plan for the future without projecting cuts and will be able to invest in the academic and research programs on campus,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.
“Governor Cuomo’s far-reaching vision and leadership to move this initiative forward has been courageous and unparalleled; Senate Majority Leader Skelos, Assembly Speaker Silver and the entire State Legislature have also shown tremendous foresight around the issue of supporting a quality public higher education for the people of New York.
“Chancellor Zimpher’s dedication and advocacy has been integral to this process and she is also to be commended. This legislation should help Stony Brook University fulfill its academic and research mission, its community and healthcare mission, and its mission for regional economic development. We express our deepest gratitude to Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Skelos, Assembly Speaker Silver and the entire State Legislature for a bill that is absolutely transformative—for our students and faculty, and for Long Island.”
Governor Cuomo’s NY SUNY 2020 initiative is designed to make the State University of New York a leading catalyst for job growth in New York State, while strengthening the academic and research programs at SUNY’s four University Centers: Stony Brook, Buffalo, Albany and Binghamton.
Passage of the legislation was hailed by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher as well as presidents of the SUNY institutions, state leadership, students, and faculty in a document released by the SUNY Chancellor’s Office.