Finch Embraces New Role On Higher Education Conference Committee

March 19, 2014

Pictured from left to right are Casey E. Crabill, Ph.D., President, Onondaga Community College (OCC); Jason Densmore, President of the OCC Veterans Club; Assemblyman Gary Finch; Keith Stevenson, Coordinator, OCC Veterans’ Affairs Office; and Cathleen McColgin, Ph.D., Provost, OCC.

Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C,I-Springport) has been diligently advocating for the interests of New York State’s colleges and universities throughout this legislative session, his first as a member of the Higher Education Conference Committee.

“It is critical to ensure that New York State’s college students have the tools they need to excel in our ever-evolving economic landscape,” said Finch. “Whether our committee is seeking capital to bolster SUNY’s infrastructure or working to fund innovative academic programs, our first priority is to allocate the resources available to us in a sustainable way that benefits our state’s scholars.”

Recently, Finch met with top officials from Onondaga Community College to discuss the institution’s funding needs. The Assembly is seeking $73.5 million for capital projects at SUNY community colleges.

“The best way to develop a strategy to advocate for New York’s colleges and universities is through open dialogue with those who work in the higher education field every day. I have maintained productive relationships with area teachers, principals and superintendents during my time in the Legislature. I look forward to building on this and developing equally fruitful relationships with higher education officials around the state, especially here in Central New York,” concluded Finch.