SUNY Orange budget in limbo

MIDDLETOWN – In any normal year, the SUNY Orange budget would be presented to the county legislature for its approval and funding portion, but this is anything but a normal year.

College President Dr. Kristine Young came before the legislature’s oversight committee Monday and presented a bleak outlook.

She pointed to the possibility of as much as a 50 percent cut in state aid, uncertain enrollment and overall impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There is going to be a lot of work for this college in the weeks and months ahead as we react if these state cuts are as big as these indicators are, and an enrollment pattern that is truly unprecedented,” she told lawmakers. “There is no book on this one.”

Pre-COVID projects for the college spending plan brought it $100,000 less than the just-ended school year budget of $62.5 million.

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