Statement from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on Speaker Sheldon Silver's State of the State Presentation

January 5, 2012

“We are thrilled that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has made a commitment to increase support for SUNY’s community colleges.

“His recognition of the state’s obligation to fund community colleges at fair and sustainable levels not only highlights his commitment to their critical role in workforce development, but also to relieving the tuition burden that for far too long has fallen on the shoulders of students and their families.

“I commend Speaker Silver’s decision to make this pledge on such a momentous day for the people of New York, and I in turn pledge SUNY’s support in working with the Speaker to help realize this increased investment in our state’s future.”

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