February 26, 2014

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Unions, students call for more state aid
for public colleges

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UUP President Fred Kowal tells reporters why New York needs a long-term strategy to fund its public colleges during a faculty/student coalition news conference in Albany.

Kowal called for more state funding for SUNY and CUNY at the press event, part of Higher Education Action Day Feb. 26. SUNY and CUNY students and leaders from NYSUT, the Professional Staff Congress/CUNY, and NYPIRG also spoke at the news conference.

Kowal and other speakers supported the creation of an endowment to ensure the quality, accessibility and affordability of a SUNY and CUNY education for years to come.

“SUNY needs to rebuild its academic departments after years of funding cuts,” Kowal said. “The endowment would allow SUNY to hire more full-time faculty and professional staff.”

A number of UUPers joined more than 300 SUNY and CUNY students at the annual advocacy event. Students and unionists met with state lawmakers and urged them to support the coalition’s agenda, which includes more money for SUNY hospitals and passage of the DREAM Act.

Earlier in the day, nearly two dozen UUP members met with lawmakers at the Capitol to advocate for more funding for SUNY and press for other higher ed concerns.

UUP Secretary Eileen Landy, right, VP for Professionals Philippe Abraham, second from right, and David Curry of Plattsburgh met with Sen. Kathy Marchione (R-Halfmoon). They asked her to push the state Education Department to delay implementation of the edTPA teacher certification requirement.

UUP leaders also took the union’s message to the airwaves.

Kowal was interviewed by Albany television news station WTEN, Channel 10. Watch the report here.

VP for Academics Jamie Dangler gave an interview on “The Capitol Pressroom,” which airs on WCNY, Syracuse’s National Public Radio station. Hear her interview here.

Landy appeared on “Midday Magazine,” which airs on WAMC, Albany’s National Public Radio station. Hear her interview here.

Later, Dangler was interviewed on "Capital Tonight" a YNN political talk program that airs on a dozen Time Warner Cable systems in New York, including Albany, Buffalo, Binghamton, Syracuse, Rochester, Utica, Poughkeepsie, and Watertown. The interview is available only to Time Warner subscribers.

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