Mar 5, 2010

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2010 NYSUT Higher Education Advocacy Day


UUP President Phil Smith reaches out to shake hands with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, as NYSUT Executive Vice President Andy Pallotta looks on, during NYSUT Higher Education Advocacy Day. Smith asked Silver to eliminate proposed cuts to SUNY and reject the so-called Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act which would allow SUNY to set tuition without legislative oversight.

Smith’s message was carried by nearly 50 UUP members who met with more than two dozen state lawmakers to personally express their concerns. Among them was Charlie McAteer of Stony Brook, who told Assemblyman Steve Englebright that SUNY has borne a disproportionate share of the budget cuts, a figure that would reach $562 million if the proposed budget is enacted.

“We paid our dues. We’ve done our share,” McAteer said.

The UUPers told lawmakers that the Empowerment Act would allow tuition to spin out of control, giving individual campuses the power to set their own tuition rates on top of any increases that SUNY might authorize.

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