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.

Out of office, Cuomo uses power of campaign account  (Spectrum News, September 23, 2021)
Redistricting is on the ballot again in November. Here’s what voters will be considering.  (City & State, September 22, 2021)
As Council moves to confirm new BOE commissioner, watchdogs call for more transparency  (Politico, September 22, 2021)
State Senate Examines Board of Elections at Oversight Hearing  (Gotham Gazette, September 22, 2021)
Memo from Hochul’s Office calls for greater transparency  (Binghamton Homepage, September 21, 2021)
Blair Horner discusses legislative redistricting with Mark Dunlea of the Hudson Mohawk Radio Networks  (The Santuary for Independent Media)
The state inspector general's oversight waned under Cuomo  (Albany Times-Union, September 19, 2021)
Brooklyn-based Haitian Students Hail CUNY Debt Forgiveness “Comeback Program”  (Our Time Press, September 18, 2021)
New redistricting maps draw criticism  (Rome Sentinel, September 18, 2021)
Redistricting panel releases competing NY political maps  (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, September 16, 2021)
NYPIRG’s Blair Horner weighs in on draft redistricting maps  (NY1, September 15, 2021)
Redistricting panel releases competing NY political maps  (Midland Daily News, September 15, 2021)
With dueling Congress maps, NY Redistricting on path to legislative takeover  (Newsday, September 15, 2021)
New York Will Soon Lose 1 House Seat. The G.O.P. Might Lose 5.  (The New York Times, September 14, 2021)
Preliminary Work Permit At Controversial Power Plant Approved  (Patch, September 10, 2021)
Big Oil must pay before we all do  (NY Daily News, September 9, 2021)
Cuomo under fire for re-hiring flack, good-government groups demand probe  (NY Daily News, September 9, 2021)
Will Kathy Hochul support a carbon tax?  (City & State, September 9, 2021)
Pressure builds for state to investigate Cuomo campaign spending; Hochul leaves open the door  (Albany Times-Union, September 9, 2021)
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos says Greenidge Generation’s bitcoin effort does not comply with New York State climate law  (Fingerlakes1, September 9, 2021)
News Archive
NY Congress Members Urge Speaker Pelosi to Make Polluters Pay for Climate Destruction Costs
NYPIRG Statement on the August 2021 report released by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Release: Leading Climate & Social Justice Organizations Rally Around Make Polluters Pay Plan
Letter: Leading Climate & Social Justice Organizations Rally Around Make Polluters Pay Plan
NYPIRG Calls for Creation of Public Dashboard to Measure Progress Toward New York’s Climate Goals
Letter to DEC: NYPIRG Calls for Clear and Accessible Public Reporting on Climate Progress
Environmental groups call for a moratorium on the operation of cryptocurrency mining centers
NYPIRG Statement on Passage of Legislation to Ensure All New Yorkers Have Testing for Dangerous Unregulated Contaminants
On Eve Of 50th Anniversary Of NY's Approval Of The 26th Amendment, NYPIRG and120+ College Groups Urge Lawmakers To Approve Legislation Placing Polling Places On Colleges
NYPIRG Reacts to President Biden's Free Community College Proposal
NYPIRG reacts to Census reapportionment numbers - NY will lose one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives
2021 State Budget Reaction
NYPIRG and New York's leading civic organizations call for an overhaul in ethics enforcement. The coalition urges that the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) be replaced and a new independent ethics watchdog be created.
Report: NYPIRG releases review of community college tuition policies
News Release: NYPIRG releases review of community college tuition policies
NYPIRG Reacts To Governor Cuomo's Budget Proposal
NYPIRG Reacts to Governor's 4th 2021 State of the State Address on NYS Infrastructure Needs
Youth, Climate, and Environmental Organizations Respond to Governor Cuomo’s Environment State of the State Address
NYPIRG Reacts to Governor’s First Installment of His 2021 State of the State Address
NYPIRG and dozens of other civic organizations urge lawmakers to keep revenues from the Stock Transfer Tax in order to avert deep state cuts to environmental, health care, and higher education programs
Reports & Features Archive