York College Takes Albany by Storm

A 17-member delegation from York College was in Albany, NY to participate in the New York State Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus, Inc.’s 37th Annual Legislative Conference, Feb. 15 — 18, 2008.

During the conference, students and administrators participated in workshops, panel discussions and meetings with elected and senior appointed government officials as well as executives from the private sector. Topics included budget and policy issues that will impact students and higher education institutions in New York State.

The delegation, which participated in a CUNY luncheon hosted by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein Saturday, Feb. 16, was joined by Governor Eliot Spitzer, Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm Smith, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott, and a host of other elected and appointed government officials.

Governor Spitzer made it a point at the luncheon to praise Dr. Keizs for her hard work and commitment as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education. Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm Smith, who nominated President Keizs to the Commission, complimented her for the excellent leadership she continues to deliver to the Commission and York College.

The conference concluded with the annual scholarship dinner with robust remarks from U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, Governor Eliot Spitzer, Congressman Charles Rangel, Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Lt. Governor David Patterson.

The York College delegation included President Marcia V. Keizs; Earl Simons, Institutional Advancement; Director of Student Services Jean Phelps; Director of Admissions Diane Warmsley; Eva Keith, president of the York College Alumni Association and Nicholas Jones and Lazane Stanley from the Office of Admissions.