In his proposed budget for 2018-2019, 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 $1.7 - $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!
STEP serves over 11,000 students in over 260 school districts through
58 programs. CSTEP serves 7,900 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 13th in 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 13th
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 providedto 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
HOW DOES IT WORK?
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. Independent sector programs may ask CICU
to make legislative appointments for themby contacting Phil
SUPPORT FOR TRAVEL:
APACS, Inc. will consider requests to fund group transportation
to Albany. Please
click here to request support for travel.
APACS Advocacy Committee members, Diane Williams (NYIT) firstname.lastname@example.org
and Randall Keiller (Medgar Evers College) email@example.com
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, Erin Grey (Mount Sinai) firstname.lastname@example.org,
Randall Keiller (Medgar Evers College) email@example.com
and Joann Santos (Monroe Community College) firstname.lastname@example.org
are coordinating our email letter-writing campaign and will contact
Thank you for your continued support. Our destiny is in our
Very truly yours,
Michael A. Molina
President, APACS, Inc.
Click here to download
the Advocacy Day Detail Information Flyer