Groups Rally at NY Capitol for Higher Education Funding


Student groups and faculty unions have gathered at the state Capitol to advocate for more higher education funding in New York.

Advocacy organizations from across the state held a rally Wednesday in Albany to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to close what they say is a nearly $140 million shortfall in funding for State University and City University of New York campuses.

The Democrat has included $7.6 billion for the state’s public university system in his $175 billion budget proposal. He also wants to launch the third and final phase of the program that provides free tuition to SUNY and CUNY schools for middle-class families.

The students and academic union leaders were joined by several state lawmakers, including Deborah Glick, a Manhattan Democrat who’s the chairwoman of the Assembly higher education committee.

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