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2016 City Budget Campaign

The New York City Council is currently reviewing Mayor DeBlasio’s proposed 2016 New York City Executive Budget, which continues investments at the CUNY community colleges. We need your help to advocate support for educational programs and campus facility’s needs, not included in executive budget, that are inextricably linked to student success and the campus learning environment.

There are several CUNY programs that need City Council support. These include:

  • Restoring the New York City Council Merit Scholarship
  • Maintaining and enhancing CUNY/Single Stop financial aid and student retention program
  • Restoring Immigrant Opportunities Initiative - Citizenship NOW program
  • Enhancing CUNY LEADS program for students with disabilities
  • Restoring Murphy Institute Worker Education Leap-to-Teacher Program
  • Restoring Dominican Studies Institute and Center for Puerto Rican Studies cultural and research programs
  • Continuing investments in capital improvements for our community colleges
  • Restoring Creative Arts Team programs for at-risk students


Please take a moment and view our Fiscal 2016 CUNY Budget Priorities in detail and send your letter today to the City Council or your City Council Member and ask them to include these key initiatives, essential to student college success, as part of the Adopted Budget. The letters are listed below. Please choose one to send.


City Executive Budget Priorities

Chancellor Milliken Testimony for City Council Joint Hearing


General Letter

Community College Capital Requests Letter

NYC Merit Based Scholarship Letter

Immigrant Opportunity Initiative (IOI) Letter

CUNY Single Stop Letter

CUNY LEADS Program Letter

Centers and Institutes Letter

Creative Arts Team Letter

New York State 2015 - 2016 Budget Email Campaign

The New York State Legislature passed the budget bills by April 1, 2015. The University received an additional $17.1 million in state operating aid for the senior colleges and $9.2 million for the community colleges. Highlights include $12 million for college performance improvement plans, an additional $4.1 million for opportunity programs, an $8.3 million increase in community college base aid, an additional $800,000 for ASAP and increase of child care funds in the amount of $400,000. Please see the analysis below for more specifics of the enacted 2015-2016 New York State Budget.

We would like to thank all of you for your support and the time taken to send letters to individual New York State Legislators.

Please check back soon, we will be starting our city council campaign next.

Fiscal Analysis of the 2015-2016 enacted Executive Budget prepared by Vice-Chancellor for Budget and Finance, Matthew Sapienza
Chancellor James B. Milliken Statement on the 2015-2016 Executive Budget
CUNY’s 2015-2016 State Operating Budget Priorities The Gold Sheet