On Jan. 3, 2017, at LaGuardia Community College (Queens), New York’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo, proposed ‘smaking SUNY and CUNY (State and City University of New York) tuition free for families earning under $125,000 a year.
The governor had Sen. Bernie Sanders by his side in order to show solidarity with liberal New York Democrats and to demonstrate his commitment for a progressive agenda.
Throughout Cuomo’s time in office, he has not only had his fair share of enemies from the Republican Party, but also from the Democratic Party.
In fact, during his most recent run for governor his foe, Zephyr Teachout, received a ‘healthy chunk of liberal electorate.
Liberal criticism of Governor Cuomo has gone so far as to say that he has sided with Republicans in order to “champion a divided congress” for his personal political gains.
Circumstances are different now with Trump in the White House.
In just his first week in the oval office, Trump has signed executive orders deregulating and silencing the EPA and other regulatory agencies, provoking Muslims and other immigrants from Muslim majority countries, constructing the Keystone XL pipeline, threatening to build a wall on the Mexican border and limiting women’s reproductive rights.
Imagine all he can accomplish in four years running the country.
Hopefully, Cuomo’s proactive behavior in education reform is going to set the tone for a robust progressive agenda.
Governor Cuomo must continue to stand for New York values as he did earlier this month and fight against hatred and reckless behavior in the federal government.
About 1.5 million New Yorkers voted in favor of Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. Over 20 percent of the voters chose sanity over insanity.
Governor Cuomo has a mandate from the voters to do everything that is legal and necessary to combat President Trump’s future actions. For instance, the New York Governor’s website states as part of their mission: “subsidized low interest loans, down payment assistance and homebuyer education courses to encourage young people to stay and continue revitalizing Upstate New York’s downtown areas.”
This policy directly benefits Union seniors who have reservations about living in Schenectady after graduation.
Of course, many graduates return to their homes after graduation despite wanting independence from their families and hometown familiar faces.
This piece of legislation provides benefits to college graduates who are ambitious enough to purchase homes in upstate New York.
Having young people remain in the downtown areas after they graduate is one piece to solving de-industrialization in cities across upstate New York.