A combination of relentless lobbying efforts by Mr. Christopher Black from NYSUT’s Legislative Department and the use of NYSUT’s VOTE-COPE funds which support our friends in the State Assembly and Senate, have resulted in the State Legislature adopting a $100 FTE base aid increase to NYS Community Colleges. In addition to the $100 FTE increase, we were able to defeat the Governor’s Performance Based Funding initiative again this year. The more often this proposal is defeated, the less likely it will resurface.
The NCCFT Executive Committee wants to thank the NCCFT PAC Co-chairs, Ms. Dawn Smith and Dr. Stephanie Sapiie for their efforts lobbying our State elected officials and organizing the faculty and students at NCC in the Fair Funding petition drive. In addition, a thank you goes out to our NCCFT members who worked the drive, who contribute to VOTE-COPE and who have contacted their state representatives. We would like to extend special thanks to Assemblyperson Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan), Assembly Higher Education Chair, and Senator Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson), the Senate Higher Education Chairperson, for their support.
This is how success is achieved when we all work together. Please support the NCCFT Political Action 1/10 of 1 percent campaign when your NCCFT Department Representative distributes the new VOTE-COPE authorization cards in the coming weeks.