Advocacy Day

Dear Colleague:

In his proposed budget for 2019-2020, Governor Cuomo has proposed a reduction in funding for CSTEP and STEP – a 17% cut in funding for each program totaling $4.63 million. While we are aware of the range of the projected budget deficit of $3- $4 billion, the proposed cuts to our programs is shortsighted and unfair. For programs the Governor has initiated such as the Excelsior Program and the STEM Incentive Program, funding will increase or be level funded – no reduction in funding.This is simply unacceptable! During 2017-2018:

  • STEP served 11,957 students in over 260 school districts through 59 programs.
  • CSTEP served 8,053 students throughout New York State in 55 programs.

We are highly efficient and effective and do not deserve a reduction in funding!!

A strong response will be required of our students, their families and our supporters if we want to maintain the funding we have worked hard to achieve.We need a big turnout for our Advocacy Day on Tuesday, February 12thin Albany, NY and your participation in our email letter-writing campaign. If your institution is unable to participate in Advocacy Day, you shouldarrange a visitto local legislators in your home district offices.

Advocacy Day in Albany, NY on Tuesday, February 12th

Advocacy Day is a statewide event held in collaboration with the Student Aid Alliance that consists of a rally in the Legislative Office Building (LOB) with speakers ranging from supportive legislators to CSTEP and STEP alumni and current students. Other groups participating in Advocacy Day are: HEOP, Liberty Partnership Programs and advocates for the TAP program. This is an all-day event and lunch vouchers are provided to each participant.

Advocacy Day is an extremely important and a critical part of our strategy to ensure we meet with legislators and their staff to discuss the impact of CSTEP and STEP and explain why the programs deservetheir support.


APACS, Inc.schedules appointments with legislators and assigns cross-representative groups to each appointment. Each institution should make their own appointments to visit their home district legislators on this day in Albany, NY. Please note: CICU will no longer make legislative appointments for independent institutions.

I strongly recommend that you work with your Government Affairs Office in making all of your local appointments. They can be very helpful to you in this regard, and should be aware of your Advocacy Day participation.


APACS, Inc. will consider regional requests to fund group transportation to Albany. Please click here to request support for travel.

APACS Advocacy Committee members, Diane Williams (NYIT) Latoya Manhertz (Monroe Comm College) are coordinating the Advocacy Day registration with the Student Aid Alliance. Please contact them with any questions you may have.

Please follow registration procedures outlined in this attachment.

Advocacy Day Committee members, Simone Ragland (University at Buffalo) and Jean Leandre(MVCC) are coordinating our email letter-writing campaign and will contact you shortly. On Advocacy Day on February 12th, Renaldo Alba, Diane Williams and Trisha Cella will manage the APACS table including check-in of institutions, appointment assignments and lunch vouchers

Thank you for your continued support. Our destiny is in our hands.

Very truly yours,
Michael A. Molina
President, APACS, Inc.


Click here to download the Advocacy Day Detail Information Flyer





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