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United University Professions ‘Urges State Lawmakers To Reverse Multi-Million Dollar Deficits That Threaten The Future Of SUNY Colleges In The Finger Lakes Region’ - UUP President Kowal Calls For NYS To ‘Fully Fund’ SUNY Campuses In Rochester Area

Published Sunday, November 20, 2022
by UUP News
United University Professions ‘Urges State Lawmakers To Reverse Multi-Million Dollar Deficits That Threaten The Future Of SUNY Colleges In The Finger Lakes Region’ - UUP President Kowal Calls For NYS To ‘Fully Fund’ SUNY Campuses In Rochester Area

(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) – United University Professions (UUP), the Nation’s largest Higher Education Union, rallied in Rochester to highlight massive projected operating deficits at State University of New York (SUNY) Campuses in Brockport and Geneseo, which threaten the viability of Public Higher Education and the economic future of the surrounding communities in the Finger Lakes region.

UUP President Frederick Kowal (Pictured Above/UUP Photo) joined State Senator Jeremy Cooney, Assembly Members Harry Bronson and Sarah Clark, Geneseo UUP Chapter President Alan Witt and Brockport UUP Chapter President Susan Orr at SUNY Brockport’s Rochester Educational Opportunity Center to reiterate the critical and immediate need to reverse multimillion-dollar deficits plaguing SUNY Campuses in the Rochester area.

For the current fiscal year, SUNY Brockport faces a $9.9 million projected deficit and SUNY Geneseo faces a $10 million projected deficit.

“The viability of the SUNY system and the high-quality, affordable education it provides is severely at risk,” Kowal said.  “We need Albany to act swiftly to relieve the heavy financial burden that is and will continue to be, a strain on the very students our system was designed to serve. SUNY Campuses are under immense pressure and we cannot solve this alone. We need State Officials to act now to preserve access to quality higher education across New York State.”

SUNY schools in Rochester are a key driver of economic growth in surrounding communities, supporting more than 10,819 jobs in the Finger Lakes region and helping to generate a positive economic impact of $1.32 billion.

SUNY Geneseo and Brockport contribute significantly to the region’s supply of Educators, as well as the greater industry workforce and population, Kowal said.

In the last year alone, SUNY Brockport’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) worked with 471 small businesses and provided more than 1,822 counseling hours.

The SBDC created 93 new regional jobs and maintained an economic funding investment of more than $6 million for the Greater Rochester Community.

SUNY Geneseo’s SBDC has helped more than 384,130 small businesses to date, creating more than 169,485 jobs and investing $50 billion in New York's economy since its creation in 1984.

Boosting operating aid for State-operated campuses is a pivotal and essential first step to protecting affordable public education and jobs, and reversing New York’s decades-long disinvestment in SUNY, UUP says.

SUNY Campuses across New York face structural or projected deficits totaling more than $155 million.

UUP and other leaders have committed to continue to urge State Lawmakers to fully fund SUNY Campuses facing multi-million-dollar budget deficits at a series of rallies across the State this Fall.

UUP represents more than 42,000 Academic and Professional Faculty and Retirees.

UUP Members are employed at 29 New York State-operated campuses, including SUNY’s Public Teaching Hospitals and Health Science Centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse.

To Read This Labor News Story In Its Entirety, Go To: https://uupinfo.org/communications/releases/221117.php

 

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