More than 100 UUP members from SUNY campuses across the state gathered in Albany to meet face-to-face with dozens of lawmakers from their districts during the union’s Legislative Information Day, and appealed to them to restore budget cuts to SUNY. The event took place in the Well of the Legislative Office Building and featured UUP members staffing booths and sporting posters to help explain how budget cuts are affecting their campuses
“New York cannot afford to abandon today’s students who are the workforce of tomorrow,” UUP President Phil Smith said as he addressed the event. “SUNY students are already feeling the sting of budget cuts, from increased class sizes to canceled courses to delayed graduations. Given the current economic climate, we can’t allow SUNY to deteriorate, especially for the tens of thousands of students looking for an affordable, quality higher education.”
Fifteen legislators spoke to the unionists, expressing support for SUNY and recognizing the University as a major engine of economic growth. Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari, Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco were among the speakers.