Statement from SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher on 2014-2015 New York State Budget

March 29, 2014

This year's state budget is good for taxpayers and good for New York's students. This fiscally-responsible budget of property and other tax relief will help grow the economy so that our graduates can use their world class education to obtain good jobs right here in New York.

In this year's budget, SUNY continues its role as the state's economic engine with another round of NYSUNY 2020 and meeting today's job market needs by creating full scholarships in the STEM disciplines.

We thank the Governor and the Legislature for an increased commitment to our capital and operating needs.

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The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2023, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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