State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District), along with State Senator Carl Marcellino (5th Senate District) and Assemblyman David McDonough (19th Assembly District), on Feb. 27 joined with Farmingdale State College President Dr. W. Hubert Keen and students and staff from Farmingdale State College to rally against Governor Paterson's second proposed SUNY tuition hike this year.
Governor Paterson has called for a SUNY tuition hike for the fall 2009 semester, which comes on top of the tuition increase he already implemented this past spring. When combined, these two increases raise tuition by 14.2 percent, or $620, per student.
"Under the Governor's plan, SUNY students are forced to pay higher tuition even though almost none of that money will go towards their own education. This is an unfair and misguided approach at a time when families are already struggling to pay for college and survive during the worst economic times since the Depression," said Senator Fuschillo.
Farmingdale State College President W. Hubert Keen added, "We are fortunate to have excellent support from our state representatives and it is important that we continue to help them understand the challenges we face regarding state funding. Farmingdale State College is progressing in many ways that benefit Long Island and the State--in enrollment, in our partnerships with business, and with the $1 billion economic impact we have on the region. In order to maintain this momentum, it is critical that tuition revenue be reinvested back into the campus."
Senators Fuschillo noted that investing in the SUNY system helps promote economic development in addition to increasing educational opportunities for students. A recent study by the Long Island Association found that Farmingdale State College plays a vital role in Long Island's economy, providing an over $1 billion economic impact. Through its direct operating and capital expenditures, Farmingdale State has increased Long Island's earnings by an estimated $354 million and created more than 10,000 secondary jobs throughout the economy.