Statement on the New York State budget from Chairman of the Board of Trustees, William C. Thompson, Jr. and Chancellor James B. Milliken

The City University of New York

Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State has passed a farsighted budget that opens the door to a college education for more New Yorkers and enhances the quality of higher education. The Governor’s landmark Excelsior scholarship program provides free tuition to thousands of middle class families, making our state a national leader. This is an investment in our students, and our state, that will pay dividends for years to come. The budget also provides substantial support for CUNY’s facilities and provides much needed operational funding. And, in another significant boost to our students, the state will be providing innovative support for online textbooks that will greatly reduce the cost for thousands of CUNY students. We are grateful for Governor Cuomo’s leadership in expanding access to affordable, quality college education for so many New Yorkers, helping ensure that we have the educated and skilled workforce that is necessary to grow the economy for a better New York for all.