February 6, 2014

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UUP president tells legislators SUNY campuses, hospitals needs more state aid

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UUP President Fred Kowal urges legislators to increase the state’s support for SUNY and its three teaching hospitals, including SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Kowal’s remarks came during testimony at a joint legislative fiscal committee hearing Thursday, February 6 in Albany about the impact of the proposed state budget which would provide flat funding for SUNY next year. Kowal and Professional Staff Congress President Barbara Bowen (center) and First Vice President Steve London also called on lawmakers to create a Public Higher Education Endowment.

“This endowment would rebuild SUNY and CUNY academic departments depleted by chronic underfunding, “Kowal said. “Endowment funds would also be designated to increase full-time faculty, professional, and support staff lines, and to move contingent and adjunct faculty into permanent positions.”

Kowal also testified that vital services and medical education at SUNY Downstate will be harmed unless lawmakers increase the hospital subsidy and reject the Executive Budget proposal to allow private corporations to affiliate and operate public hospitals. Instead, he urged lawmakers to support the UUP-backed Brooklyn Hospitals Safety Net Plan.

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