Statement from Chancellor King and the SUNY Board of Trustees on this Year’s Direct Congressional Fiscal Support for SUNY Campuses

June 28, 2024

"As we strive for SUNY to be the best system of public higher education in the country, the work we're doing wouldn't be possible without the support of state and federal legislators. Over the years, our congressional delegation, including Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, have worked tirelessly across a gamut of issues to secure transformative federal funding to support SUNY and our campuses. This support of SUNY affords us the opportunity to better educate students, undertake significant research endeavors, and create workforce development pipelines so SUNY can continue to be an engine of economic opportunity for New York State. In this federal fiscal year 2024 alone, SUNY has received over $11.5 million in Congressional Directed Spending.

"Over the past year, Majority Leader Schumer secured millions of dollars to support campus research endeavors at the University at Buffalo Center for accelerating innovation through materials to support the state's clean energy economy; at Binghamton University to purchase state-of-the-art equipment needed to train and significantly grow the semiconductor workforce; at Monroe Community College to support a new semiconductor training initiative; and at SUNY Geneseo to improve campus technology and security.

"Both Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand also supported projects at Stony Brook University for the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC); at SUNY Morrisville for robotic milkers; and at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University to enhance its maternal and child health network in central Brooklyn. And, most recently, Senator Schumer, with the support of Senator Gillibrand and Representative Paul Tonko, secured funding to support Hudson Valley Community College's Aeronautical Technology Institute, a program that will train the next generation of aviation mechanics, addressing a workforce shortage in that field.

"We are grateful for the passionate and superbly effective support of our congressional delegation, Governor Kathy Hochul, and the New York State Legislature. Thanks to their efforts, SUNY is on the move, and we will continue to provide world-class, affordable, public higher education to drive innovation, student success, and upward mobility."

 

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