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Purchase President Voices Support of Cuomo Address

HARRISON, N.Y. - When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said State University of New York schools were a "precious New York asset," Harrison's Purchase College President Thomas J. Schwarz was all ears. The college president came out in support of Cuomo's address this week.

"We applaud Governor Cuomo's steadfast commitment to the SUNY system and public education," Schwarz said, also praising Cuomo's "firm belief that an educated population can best meet the challenges of our changing economic environment through innovation, ingenuity, and collaboration."

In his State of the State address , Cuomo showed his support to the SUNY system by pledging to extend last year's NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program to all 64 campuses through three $20 million grants. The schools will compete for the grants to become more academically competitive.

It was an initiative that Schwarz said he was glad to be a part of.

"By maintaining the high standards of the state university, we will create a capable workforce—a pool of critical thinkers and creative decision-makers," Schwarz said. "This will lead to true economic resurgence—more research and innovation, and the creation of new businesses, partnerships, and jobs. And, it will attract the best and the brightest to our state."

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