Lawmakers are speaking out in support of CUNY faculty and staff because they understand that five years without a raise hurts CUNY students. Eighteen NYC members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus sent a letter to Governor Cuomo, Majority Leader Flanagan and Speaker Heastie last week calling for a true maintenance of effort for CUNY and $240 million to fund retroactive pay for PSC members. The Assembly’s Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force members also sent a letter to the governor and legislative leaders. Borough Presidents Eric Adams of Brooklyn and Ruben Diaz Jr. of the Bronx, each sent their own letters to Mayor de Blasio urging him to make the PSC-CUNY contract a priority in Albany. And Council Member Inez Barron has introduced a NYC Council resolution calling on the governor and the Legislature to “provide the necessary investment to reach a fair labor agreement with the University’s faculty and staff.” Its sponsors include I. Daneek Miller, Margaret S. Chin, Inez E. Dickens, Vincent J. Gentile, Corey D. Johnson, Rosie Mendez, Ruben Wills, Deborah L. Rose and Fernando Cabrera. Be sure to email or tweet your thanks to these elected officials if they represent you.