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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 1, 2016

Statement from UUP President Frederick E. Kowal on the final 2016-17 state budget



“This budget is a starting point. We appreciate the Legislature’s hard work, and especially the efforts of Senator Ken LaValle and Assembly Member Deborah Glick. The budget does take into account some of UUP’s concerns, although it does not meet all of SUNY’s needs.

“We are pleased that funding has been increased for SUNY, specifically for SUNY’s highly acclaimed opportunity programs -- EOP and EOC -– as well as for reinstating the $18.6 million subsidy for SUNY’s hospitals. We also applaud the Legislature for protecting the health insurance benefits of public-sector retirees.

“We will continue to advocate for SUNY, focusing on SUNY’s teacher education programs and its four health sciences centers.

"We want New York to once again be known as a leader in progressive change, and a strong public higher education system is the best way to achieve this. We look forward to working with the governor and the Legislature toward this goal, and we believe that our proposals will open up a path to a vibrant middle class and an enlightened citizenship.”

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 42,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.

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