Statement from Chancellor Nancy Zimpher on the Passing of Mario Cuomo

January 3, 2015

"New York and the country have lost one of the great leaders of our time. Mario Cuomo's vision that government could be a vehicle to improve lives, especially for our most disadvantaged citizens, reverberates to this day at the State University of New York.

While in office he graciously accepted invitations to meet with and speak to our students, faculty, and governance groups. He hosted President Clinton at the University at Albany in 1994 and made the initial investments in what has now grown into SUNY Polytechnic Institute. ‎He kept public higher education in New York affordable and world-class.

‎My thoughts and prayers are with Governor Andrew Cuomo and the entire Cuomo family during this difficult time."

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, 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 2022, 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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