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.

Almost half a million New Yorkers drinking PFAS-polluted water, left out of current and proposed NYS protections  (Troy Record, September 26, 2022)
Watchdog groups seek 'reset' with new ethics commission  (Spectrum News, September 26, 2022)
Say no to the Manchin Plan  (WAMC, September 26, 2022)
New ethics commission faces lawsuit & criticism  (ABC News 10, September 26, 2022)
NY voter registration rules, absentees, deadlines: What you need to know   (Newsday, September 23, 2022)
It's time to reform New York's antiquated wrongful death law | Opinion  (Ithaca Journal, September 21, 2022)
DOH Skips Deadlines in Law Requiring Regulations to Limit PFAS in Drinking Water as EPA Sounds Alarm About Risks  (Waterfront Online, September 21, 2022)
Ethics and corruption allegations fly in race for New York governor  (Spectrum News, September 20, 2022)
After This Year’s Debacle, What’s Next for New York State Redistricting?  (Gotham Gazette, September 20, 2022)
New ethics agency is off to a sputtering start  (WAMC, September 19, 2022)
Almost Half a Million New Yorkers Drinking PFAS-Polluted Water, Left Out of Current and Proposed NYS Protections  (LongIsland.com, September 19, 2022)
Gubernatorial race heating up ahead of Election Day  (Rochester First, September 15, 2022)
Cuomo can use campaign funds to pay legal fees in new lawsuit from former staffer  (CNY Central, September 14, 2022)
Colleges open up  (WAMC, September 12, 2022)
Environmental groups urge cover for WVDP Main Plant Process Building  (Olean Times-Herald, September 7, 2022)
Electrify everything  (WAMC, August 29, 2022)
'People just really underestimated what we could do,' Hochul says after a year in office  (The Buffalo News, August 28, 2022)
Activists use giant inflatable pig to make their case for $30 billion NYS Climate Change Superfund  (WAER, August 26, 2022)
East Village Bus Named Slowest In NYC By Transit Advocates  (Patch East Village, August 24, 2022)
Reducing Albany's Corruption Risk  (WAMC; August 22, 2022)
News Archive
Watchdogs Ask New Members of Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government to Reset Expectations about NYS Ethics Oversight
Groups’ Recommendations Would Improve Enforcement, Transparency, and Training
Reform groups urge the new state ethics commission to get to work this month
NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign and TransitCenter Release 17th Annual Pokey and Schleppie Awards on Bus Performance
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.
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