The state Assembly budget proposal would increase funding for North Country colleges including doubling capital funding for SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton for improvements, according to Assemblywoman Addie Russell.
The improvements will enable the colleges to address several additional projects on campus, the Democrat from Theresa said.
Russell represents Potsdam and Canton as well as all St. Lawrence County towns along the Seaway including Massena, Ogdensburg, Louisville, Waddington, Lisbon, Oswegatchie, Morristown and Lisbon.
“If we want to attract the best and the brightest to North Country colleges, it is vital that we make the necessary investments in facilities that attract students from around the state to our region,” Russell said. “This budget provides a strong foundation for the future of North Country colleges and ensures our students have the proper environment in which to learn.”
Additionally, the Assembly budget also increases base aid to SUNY community colleges by $50 per full-time equivalent (FTE) student, bringing the total to $2,472 per FTE student, the third increase in a row.
“Community colleges play a vital role in our community and have been suffering under years of budget cuts just like our elementary and secondary schools,” Assemblywoman Russell said. “This budget restores the critical base aid that holds down tuition and county support, keeping community college an affordable option for so many working families.”
“We know that our colleges are an important driver of our knowledge bases economy,” Assemblywoman Russell said. “Securing this funding is one of my top priorities so that the North Country can benefit to the fullest extent possible from this academic work.”