State Legislative Priorities 2013

Updated: October 2, 2015

NYS Dream Act (A 2597 Moya / S 2378 Peralta)

Grants access to financial aid, opportunity programs, student loans and New York’s 529 college savings program for qualifying undocumented immigrant young adults. Creates a privately funded NYS Dream Fund to provide scholarships to college-bound children who are the children of immigrants, and establishes a NYS Dream Fund Commission to administer the NYS Dream Fund. An estimated 4,500 undocumented students are now able to attend CUNY because they pay in-state tuition rates. many more could attend if they had access to state financial aid.

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Reform the Selection Process for CUNY/SUNY Trustees (A 1669 Cahill / S4466 Savino)

Improves governance of the City University of New York, the State University of New York and community colleges by establishing baseline qualifications for prospective trustees and creating independent commissions to recruit, screen and recommend potential university trustees. Many CUNY trustees are political appointees with no higher education experience.

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Higher Education Employment Protection Act (A 6635 Heastie / S 4470 Savino)

Makes clear that part-time faculty, who are otherwise eligible to receive Unemployment Insurance benefits, will not be disqualified if CUNY’s offer of work in the next semester is contingent on enrollment, funding or programmatic change. Such contingent offers would not count as “reasonable assurance” of continued employment, the standard currently used to deny Unemployment Insurance benefits to adjunct.

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Transparency at the CUNY/SUNY Research Foundations (S2224 LaValle)

Expands the reach of the Freedom of Information Law to include the Research Foundations of the City University of New York and the State University of New York. Millions of dollars flow through the CUNY Research Foundation each year, which employs more than 700 PSC members.

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New York Healthy Workplace Act (S 3863 Savino / A 4965 Englebright)

Gives employees who have been harmed psychologically, physically, or economically by workplace bullying the right to sue their employers and provides incentive for employers to prevent and respond to mistreatment of employees at work. Half of American workers have experienced workplace bullying, either as a victim or a witness, and PSC HEOs have a long history of fighting workplace bullying at CUNY.

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