SUNY Leadership Issues Open Letter To Support Tax-Free NY

June 12, 2013

Albany — SUNY leadership and all 64 campus presidents today issued an Open Letter in support of Tax-Free NY. The signed letter is available online.

“As the leadership of SUNY's 64 campuses, we enthusiastically support Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Tax-Free NY initiative. This innovative proposal has tremendous promise to strengthen the knowledge economy that is steadily building across our regions and state through the many partnerships between the State University and the business community.

“Our campuses are located within 30 miles of virtually every home, school, and existing business in New York State. In many areas, we are the largest employers. Our system – the largest, most comprehensive system of public higher education in the country – is guided by a strategic plan that will be pivotal to revitalizing New York's economy.

“Tax-Free NY represents an unprecedented opportunity to harness the power of SUNY research, discovery, and education to fuel new business, new job opportunities, and economic growth across our state. This initiative has the potential to redefine what it means to learn, conduct research, and do business in New York State, and our SUNY institutions embrace our vital role in realizing this impact to its fullest potential.

“We strongly support Tax-Free NY, commend Governor Cuomo for his initiative and leadership, and urge the legislature to adopt this proposal during this legislative session.”

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school, and business in the state. As of Fall 2017, more than 430,000 students were enrolled in a degree program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY served nearly 1.4 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs in the 2016-17 academic year. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in $1 billion of externally sponsored activity each year. There are 3 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 opportunity, visit

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