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!
- STEP served 11,957 students in over 260 school districts through
- CSTEP served 8,053 students throughout New York State in 55
We are highly efficient and effective and do not deserve a reduction
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
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
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. 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.
SUPPORT FOR TRAVEL:
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) firstname.lastname@example.org
Latoya Manhertz (Monroe Comm 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, Simone Ragland (University at Buffalo)
Jean Leandre(MVCC) firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Very truly yours,
Michael A. Molina
President, APACS, Inc.
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the Advocacy Day Detail Information Flyer