Statement from Chancellor King on the 2023 Legislative Session

June 11, 2023

"As the 2023 Legislative session comes to a close, the State University of New York would like to extend our immense appreciation to Governor Kathy Hochul, and to Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Speaker Carl Heastie, higher education chairs Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and Assemblymember Patricia Fahy, and members of the New York State legislature for their unwavering commitment to supporting SUNY's mission of educating generations of New Yorkers—and making that excellent education accessible and affordable. From a robust budget that commits to student success, research, and our campuses, and provides critical debt service relief to our hospitals, to legislation that will help address the nursing shortage, to funding our first Black Leadership Institute and more—we are so grateful for the leadership of Governor Hochul and for our many champions in the State Senate and Assembly."

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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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