SUNY faculty union calls for stronger state financial commitment

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NEW PALTZ – The head of the statewide United University Professions union told a SUNY New Paltz rally on Tuesday that Albany must provide more of a financial commitment to the state university system.

Dr. Frederick Kowal said most of the SUNY campuses are in “serious deficit situations” that need a greater investment by the state.

“What we’re calling for is a commitment by the state to make the long-term investments that are necessary so that this public system can be truly public, funded by the state and that will help reenergize and reinvigorate local economies across the state,” he said.

Kowal said Governor Hochul and the legislature got SUNY in the right direction, but more must be done to sustain the campuses as economic engines of the local economies.

United University Professions represents academic and professional faculty and retirees in the 29 state-operated non-community college campuses.