Gov. Andrew Cuomo is putting forward a draconian measure. To strip state funds for the City University of New York.
Though CUNY leadership seems to accept the move, because the state sweetened the pot with raises for some staff and a new labor contract, removing state funding for the first time in 40 years is a dramatic step.
Cuomo also needs to understand that CUNY doesn’t just serve New York City. The student body also include students from Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties and the graduates who come out of these schools are working taxpayers – and voters – of New York State. Certainly he can see that the state has some responsibly in making sure they get a good, quality, well-funded education.
Now it’s up to Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council to step in and make up the funds. This seems awfully familiar.
If this fight is indeed another power play between the governor and mayor, let us say, we’re frankly tired of it. From UPK to the MTA and now CUNY, this childish power struggle needs to stop. Mr. Mayor and Mr. Governor, you both belong to the same party, for the most part, have the same agenda and represent the same constituents. Constituents, whom I might add, are very aware of the petty squabbles going on between you two.
Work together to solve these problems, stop using our schools, our subways and our children as pawns in a power play, or in the next couple of years, both of you might find yourself with no power at all.