Tuesday, July 21, 2009

NYC Council restored $27 million in funding to CUNY

Another reason we want Speaker Christine C. Quinn re-elected. I received the following letter from her.

Jerin Alam
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force
National Organization for Women (NOW)

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: "Quinn@council.nyc.ny.us" <Quinn@council.nyc.ny.us>
Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 11:47:04 AM
Subject: NYC Council

July 21, 2009

Dear M. Alam,

Good news! Backed by you and thousands of other students, faculty and staff across the five boroughs, the New York City Council successfully restored roughly $27 million in funding to the City University of New York (CUNY) in this year's budget.

I would like to extend a huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone, especially my colleagues Council Members Charles Barron and Peter Vallone Jr., who campaigned so vigorously on behalf of CUNY and its students.

Thanks to this amazing outpouring of support, we were able to restore a significant portion of the budget cuts that were originally planned for CUNY's six community colleges in this year's budget.

We also added $2.75 million in funding to the Peter Vallone Scholarship. This, along with the $6.75 in baseline funding for the scholarship that we successfully fought to include in the budget year after year, will bring the total level of funding for this program up to $9.5 million.

And we fully restored funding for the Center for Puerto Rican Studies ($470,000), the Dominican Studies Institute ($470,000) and the Murphy Institute Center for Worker Education ($250,000), keeping these widely-used resources open and available to all students.

The Council and I realize more than ever how important it is for us to invest in CUNY and the programs and services that students need.

While we did a really good job rallying together to protect funding for CUNY in this year's budget, we still have a tough road ahead of us. By all estimates the City's budget gap could reach $5 billion by 2011, and we will have to fight just as hard (if not harder) to help keep the dream of a college education within reach of all New Yorkers.

To that end, I would like to invite you to sign up for Council "Enews." These issue-based e-mail updates will be an important way for us to stay connected and engaged with you and other New Yorkers about the budget, Council hearings and events, and other important issues affecting our City.

To sign up, please log on to www.council.nyc.gov and click on the "Sign-Up for Email Updates" link at the top of our website.

Thanks again for helping us win this important victory. Your strong support for CUNY and its students truly made a difference!

Christine C. Quinn

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