December 13, 2010
PSC Testifies at City Hall Today, Albany Tomorrow
PSC officers and chapter chairs testified today at a City Council Finance Committee hearing on the proposed midyear cut to CUNY community colleges. PSC officers Steve London and Arthurine DeSola joined faculty, staff and students from the campuses in calling on the mayor not to impose a further $13 million cut on the community colleges, which have already absorbed a $20 million cut in State funds.
PSC President Barbara Bowen will testify on Tuesday before the NYS Assembly Committee on Higher Education, which has called a hearing on student retention and graduation rates. While citing the need for more careful and nuanced data, the PSC will call for a restoration of State investment in CUNY as the real solution to the problem.
Rally Opposes Bloomberg’s Community College Cuts
More than 80 CUNY faculty, staff and students gathered at City Hall on Dec. 8 to speak out against Mayor Bloomberg’s mid-year cut of $13 million in City funding for CUNY’s six community colleges. The NYC Council heard our message loud and clear and scheduled a Dec. 13 hearing to address the midyear cuts to CUNY (see above). The PSC will be lobbying City and State legislators in Albany and in NYC throughout the winter and spring months. Planned lobby dates in Albany are in early February (dates to be determined), March 7-8, March 15, March 21-22, and May 9-10. A planned City Hall lobbying date is on May 4. To participate in these lobbying efforts, please contact Amanda Magalhaes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
House Passes DREAM Act, Senate Vote Still to Come
The Senate could vote on the DREAM Act as soon as this week, after the measure won passage in the House last week by a vote of 216-198. Call Sen. Chuck Schumer at 202-224-6542 and Kirsten Gillibrand at 202-224-4451 today and urge them to make passing this bill a top priority. The DREAM Act would provide a path to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of undocumented young people who were brought to the U.S. as children and go on to attend college or serve in the military. Its passage would directly affect several thousand CUNY students, who want to be able to work legally and use their college education – instead of being condemned to dead-end, off-the-books jobs.
CUNY Students to Protest Tuition Hikes at Cuomo’s Office
A coalition of CUNY students will rally against tuition hikes Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 5:00 outside Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo’s office at 120 Broadway in Lower Manhattan.
Though the event is not organized by the PSC, many of its positions overlap with those of the union. Cuomo has insisted he will not raise taxes, but a tuition hike is a tax increase in disguise. The PSC calls instead for reasonable ways to address the State’s budget shortfall and provide enough funds for CUNY. “We urge those of you who want to take a stand against balancing the State budget on our students’ backs to join them on Tuesday,” said PSC President Barbara Bowen.
Dec. 16 Reception for PSC Election Volunteers
The Legislative Committee will host a Dec.16 reception to thank PSC members and friends who participated in the union’s electoral work this fall in support of candidates who support our agenda. Special guests will include New York State Senator-elect Tony Avella (D-Queens) and New York State Assemblymember Francisco Moya (D-Queens). The reception will be held from 4:30 pm-6:00 pm at the PSC Central Office, 61 Broadway, 15th floor. RSVP to Amanda Magalhaes at email@example.com.