The Manhattan Young Democrats stand with the CUNY University Student Senate, and call for the Governor to rescind his proposal to cut CUNY’s state funding.
For further information, please see our official statement, copied below.
Dear Governor Cuomo:
The Manhattan Young Democrats strongly oppose your proposal to cut state funding for the City University of New York. Such a move would jeopardize the economic futures of hundreds of thousands of young New Yorkers.
For 169 years, CUNY has provided access to affordable higher education in one of the world’s most expensive cities. As the third-largest university system in the nation, CUNY provides opportunities for communities not served by private institutions. Minority students comprise three quarters of the student body, and one third come from households making less than $20,000. More than half of CUNY’s students are first generation college students.
The cuts you propose would increase tuition rates and reduce services for students who represent the future of our city and our nation. As one of our elected leaders, you should resolve to find every opportunity to support and empower CUNY students. Now is not the time to be balancing budgets on their backs.
New York City has long been an emblem of equal opportunity. It is in this spirit that we call on you to rescind your proposal to cut state funding for CUNY, and ask that you instead support pathways to affordable education for all.
The Manhattan Young Democrats