Higher Education

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We live in a representative democracy — we choose our representatives, and they make policy choices on our behalf. Central to the success of any democracy is the ability of its people to be adequately informed about the issues of the day and the way in which their government works. In addition, an advanced society such as ours relies on the intellect and skills of its people to boost its economic vitality.

An important component to such successes is a quality, affordable system of higher education. NYPIRG has long promoted access to affordable, high quality college education for all students. Working with our sister organization, we have offered analyses that help make the case for enhanced state support for higher education institutions, both public and independent.

New York lawmakers fall short of climate goals as session ends  (Politico, June 9, 2022)
The Price of Life  (The Lost Debate, July 5, 2022)
Transit Advocates to MTA: Queens Bus Redesign Needs Some Key Tweaks  (Streetsblog, June 29, 2022)
Paying to play in Albany  (WAMC, June 27, 2022)
Beyond Plastics: Shifting The Waste Reduction Burden From Consumers To Producers  (Forbes, June 27, 2022)
Brooklyn Assembly race overshadowed by candidate’s appointment of dead woman to Dem party post  (New York Daily News, June 26, 2022 )
An outsider’s view: Groups calls for commission to probe state’s COVID response  (NNY 360, June 24, 2022)
New York needs an independent review of response  (Williamsport Sun-Gazette,, June 24, 2022)
Letter: Gov. Hochul must stop cryptomining that relies on fossil fuels  (Syracuse.com, June 24, 2022)
Hochul Has Raised $34 Million So Far. Her Goal May Be Double That.  (The New York Times, June 24, 2022)
New York may partially ban cryptocurrency mining if Hochul doesn't veto it  (Politico, June 17, 2022)
Good-government groups back New York ethics panel selection plan  (Spectrum News, June 22, 2022)
Conduct an independent review of New York’s COVID-19 response  (Herald Democrat, June 21, 2022)
A step forward on ethics?  (WAMC, June 20, 2022)
Early voting starts Saturday, but will voters show up?  (Spectrum News, June 17, 2022)
Law school deans unveil New York's new ethics system  (Albany Times-Union, June 15, 2022)
City leaders, advocates press for better bus lanes amid expansion  (Gothamist, June 16, 2022)
Blair Horner discuses the 2022 Legislative Session on The Capitol Connection  (WAMC, June 16, 2022)
Conduct an independent review of New York's COVID-19 response  (The Citizen, June 15, 2022)
Watchdog groups press Hochul for independent COVID review  (NY1, June 14, 2022)
News Archive
Governor Approves Three Steps Toward Meeting Goals of Climate Leadership & Community Protection Act (CLCPA)
NYPIRG Applauds Move and Urges Governor to Sign Cryptocurrency Moratorium Act, and Include All-Electric Building Act and EV Car Charging Station Expansion Bill in 2023 Executive Budget
Policy Close Up: Climate Scorecard 2022
NYPIRG Submits 2022 Climate Action Council Draft Scoping Plan Comments
NYPIRG Releases “Albany Money Machine”
Albany Fundraising Fires up, Despite Pandemic
137 Fundraisers in Albany, or Virtual, or by Leadership During 2022
New “Normal” a Lot Like the Old One
Straphangers Campaign Hosts Bus Lane Painting Party — Celebrate Plans for 20 Miles of New Bus Lanes in 2022
State Court Rules DEC Can Deny Permit on Danskammer Fracked Gas Power Plant as It Undermines NYS's Climate Law
NEW! NYPIRG's updated Legislative Profiles offer New Yorkers a “one-stop” opportunity to conveniently examine publicly-available information on their state legislators.
Tale of the Tape: NYPIRG’S 2022 Legislative Review
Number of Bills that Passed Both Houses Increased
Governor's Use of Emergency "Messages of Necessity" Jumps
NYPIRG reacts to the environmental actions of the 2022 session. The State Legislature passed three major bills in the last days of session which place New York in the national forefront on energy efficient standards, expansion of geothermal renewable energy, union just transition, and hit the appropriate pause button on cryptocurrency mining.
VICTORY! News Release: NYPIRG Celebrates Passage of Right to Repair Bill by NYS Legislature
Release: Mayday Distress Signal for Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act Without Passage of All-Electric Buildings Act this Session
NYPIRG and over 50 other environmental and community organizations call on Governor Hochul and state legislative leaders to make the climate polluters pay. NYPIRG also joined state Senator Krueger and Assemblymember Dinowitz calling for the oil, gas, and coal industries to be held financially liable for the costs of global warming
*UPDATE: NYPIRG will be working with Donald Ross’ family and friends to organize an event celebrating his life. We are planning on the event occurring sometime in the early fall.
NYPIRG, Statewide Groups and Legislators Hold 40th Birthday Party for the “Bottle Bill” Advocates Call on State Legislature to Pass Bill This Session to Expand and Modernize NY’s Most Successful Recycling and Extended Producer Responsibility Law
Donald Ross, 1943-2022 – We are saddened by the loss of Donald Ross, our first executive director and a lifelong, visionary champion for the public interest.
217 Groups Call on Legislature to Pass Climate Justice CLCPA Building Bills for Earth Week
NYPIRG calls higher education budget a step forward, but much more needs to be done.
NEW! Fossil-Free Future Campaign: Help Make New York State a Leader in the Fight to Combat Climate Change
NYPIRG Reacts to the Process of State Budget-Making as Well as Democracy Reforms Contained Within the Budget Agreement
Energy & Environment Wins & Losses in 2022 State Budget
Reports & Features Archive