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Castelli Visits SUNY Showcase in Harrison

HARRISON, N.Y. - Assembly member Robert J. Castelli (R, C - Goldens Bridge) joined SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and Purchase College President Thomas J. Schwarz on Tuesday to learn more about SUNY programs at the Mid-Hudson showcase. It was the second of 10 campus showcases planned by SUNY throughout New York through June.

Castelli, a SUNY graduate who spent the last 14 years as a professor at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice, joined college officials to celebrate SUNY programs that exemplify each campus's unique strengths.

"In 2011, I was proud to be able to pass SUNY 2020, which establishes a rational tuition policy to provide students and parents with the increased security of paying for predictable and fair school costs, while allowing our universities to make greater investments in their students and the surrounding community," Castelli said.

The campus showcases are part of SUNYs strategic plan "The Power of SUNY," organized to feature SUNYs talent and the tangible impact of applying innovative ideas, creative resources and cutting-edge programs that are driving New York State's economic recovery and expanding and enriching the lives of its citizens.

As SUNY enters year three of its strategic plan, Zimpher asked each of the 64 SUNY campuses to present a half-day of public programming highlighting its ability to contribute innovative solutions that will help build a stronger economy.

During a roundtable discussion with Zimpher and the presidents of the nine campuses, Castelli highlighted his co-sponsorship of legislation with Assembly member Amy Paulin to allow SUNY Purchase to lease unused land to the non-profit Purchase College Advancement Corp., which would work with a developer for the construction of a senior housing and learning center.

As many as 385 units could be constructed on a 35-acre section of campus property and 20 percent of the housing units will be designated affordable housing for those meeting the criteria for lower rental costs. Residents of Westchester County will be given priority in filling half of the affordable housing units.

"This is a tremendous example of a public-private partnership which will be a win-win for Harrison and SUNY," Castelli said.

What do you think the SUNY system has to offer? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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