January 26, 2011

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UUPers visit Albany for pre-budget advocacy


During their first Albany advocacy day this year, UUP advocates visited the offices of 23 state lawmakers on Jan. 25, urging against any further reductions to SUNY’s operating budget. The visits gave the unionists the opportunity to voice their concerns prior to the release of the governor’s proposed 2011-12 budget.

Among the UUPers was Gideon Dunkley, Jr. of Brooklyn HSC, right, pointing to figures showing the extent of previous budget cuts to SUNY in a meeting with Assemblyman Nelson Castro (D-Bronx), center. Looking on is fellow Brooklyn HSC UUPer Abe Gerecht.

“SUNY has absorbed huge cuts in the past,” Dunkley told Castro, referring to the $585 million in budget cuts to SUNY made over the past three years. “We don’t want these cuts to further affect students, who need public higher education now more than ever,” Dunkley said.

UUP advocates also sought support for SUNY’s three public hospitals that are facing anticipated reductions to Medicaid, graduate medical education and federal disproportionate share funds.

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