CUNY Needs Your Support during City Budget Negotiations

June 10, 2013

TO: The BMCC Community

FROM: Antonio Pérez, President, BMCC

DATE: June 09, 2013

RE: CUNY needs your support during City Budget Negotiations

The City University of New York needs our help in reminding the New York City Council that vital citywide programs benefiting the entire CUNY community were eliminated in the Mayor’s Executive Budget, and these funds must be restored in the Fiscal 2014 Budget for New York City.

We need the City Council to support CUNY’s Budget request and to:

  • Restore $3.7 million in funding eliminated from Mayor Bloomberg’s Executive Budget for programs such as the Black Male Initiative, Citizenship NOW, and other vital programs that provide learning experiences for at-risk students and City workers;
  • Support a $1.1 million budget request to further expand immigration services, increase student retention, augment student participation in STEM disciplines and more, and
  • Keep their commitment to contribute $20 million for capital projects—the 2nd-year allocation of a multi-year critical maintenance program agreed to by the Mayor and City Council as per the Fiscal 2013 Adopted City Budget. This funding would address significant and urgent capital needs at our community colleges.

Students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff can help by:

Going online, utilizing their own personal computer to the CUNY e-mail letter writing campaign site and sending a letter to City Council members. To make this more convenient, the Councilmembers’ e-mail addresses and a sample letter (which can be personalized) are provided on the website. The subject line for all correspondence must say Fiscal 2014 – CUNY and include the sender’s name, address and email address, and

Please note: Users must utilize their own computers and Internet connection. The e-mail letter writing campaign allows the New York City Council Correspondence Division to log and track electronic correspondence related to the CUNY budget via its Council Stat system.

Please go to today, to support CUNY and prevent funding cuts to vital programs and capital projects across the CUNY system.

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