2009 Session – Week 9
Senator Stavisky, Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee has appointed a number of new staff personnel. They can be reached in the Senator’s Albany Office at 518-455-3461:
Marilyn Dyer, Committee Director
John Kraigenuw, Committee Counsel
Brandy Murphy, Director of Policy Studies
Jacob Crawford, Policy Analyst
Susan Noworgrodski, Committee Clerk
In addition, the Senate Majority has been building a central staff team with higher education responsibilities. They can be reached at 518-445-2870:
Greg Roberts, Program Director
Megan Walsh, Legislative Analyst
Matt Smalls, Counsel
Community College Hearing
On Friday, March 20th, the Assembly Higher Education Committee will be conducting a public hearing in NYC to examine New York State's role in keeping community colleges both affordable and accessible while ensuring a quality education. SUNY will have a panel of community college presidents and Vice Chancellor Golladay offering testimony.
Chancellor-Elect Zimpher Meets Legislative Leaders, Speaker Silver and the Assembly Majority Conference
On Monday, March 2nd, Chancellor-Elect Zimpher was introduced at the Assembly Majority Conference by Speaker Sheldon Silver and Board Chair Carl Hayden. The conference serves as a sounding board for the Assembly majority and presentations before the conference by non-members is highly unusual and should be considered a privileged opportunity. SUNY counts 23 members of the Assembly Majority Conference as alums and CUNY 24 members, which represents 43 percent of the conference as having attended a New York State public institution of higher education.
Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith
Following the meeting with the Assembly, Chancellor-Elect Zimpher and Chairman Hayden had the opportunity to meet with Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith and his Chief of State and Secretary to the Senate Angelo Aponte. Senator Smith indicated that he and his conference understand the value of the State University to the state and it's economy and want to be partners in moving the University forward.
Higher Ed Symposium
A historic collaboration of NYSUT, UUP, PSC (CUNY faculty union), CUNY System and SUNY System produced a recent higher education symposium on March 3rd entitled “From Recession to Resurgence: Public Higher Education – The Key to Revitalizing New York.” The keynote presentation was offered by Jeff Madrick who is the editor of Challenge Magazine, visiting professor of humanities at The Cooper Union, and director of policy research at the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, The New School. Over 200 participants attended the program which included remarks from Senator Toby Stavisky, audience questions and a regional panel featuring small business experts and owners who discussed the role of higher education and workforce development.
Legislation of Interest
While budget discussions are occupying much of the activities in Albany, there remain numerous legislative initiatives which are of interest to SUNY. A more comprehensive summary can be viewed here.
Excess Student Property
Enacts the "New York higher education cares act" to distribute student residual consumer goods from state universities and colleges to not-for-profit organizations.
(Note – this measure has passed both the Assembly and Senate)
Alcohol & Sporting Events
No same as
Authorizes the commissioner of education to restrict the sale and advertisement of alcoholic beverages at sporting events participated in by any state university of New York, city university of New York or community college.
Research Foundation Oversight
No same as
Requires higher education research foundations to submit reports of budget information to the governor and legislature and provides for additional oversight of higher education research foundations.
UB 2020 Proposal
Enacts the UB 2020 initiative which relates to tuition increases, leasing, contracting, and the overall daily operation at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Requires registered professional nurses to attain a baccalaureate degree in nursing within ten years of their initial licensure and provides exemptions for those currently licensed or enrolled in nursing programs.
SUNY Police Retirement
No same as
Allows state university police officers to transfer to the NYSLPFRS and to be covered by the provisions of a new 25 year half pay retirement plan, with additional one-sixtieths of final average salary for each year of service in excess of twenty-five years.
Domestic Violence Information
Requires college campuses to provide incoming students with information about domestic violence and stalking prevention.
Student Fee Limitation
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Caps total of fees and charges per semester or quarter (not including certain fees and charges) imposed upon students of the state university of New York to no more than fifteen percent of total tuition fee.
Relates to prohibiting colleges from denying formerly incarcerated individuals admittance to college based solely on their incarceration.
Increases severity of hazing in the second degree from a violation to an E felony where injury or death occurs, and of hazing in the first degree from a class A misdemeanor to a D felony where injury or death is caused by deadly weapon or dangerous instrument and creates new class A misdemeanor of hazing in the third degree which mirrors former hazing in the second degree.
SUNY Police Jurisdiction
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Expands the geographical area of employment of university police officers.
Graduate Student Academic Fee
Provides a program fee option to allow graduate students who have taken at least 30 credits towards the completion of a degree to maintain access to certain facilities within the state university in order to continue a research project or to pursue other academic requirements.