July 8, 2011
Canal Corp. Director and member of Gov. Cuomo’s Cabinet Brian Stratton outlines historic reforms
(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – July 7, 2011) – The historic reforms of this year’s legislative session, championed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and supported by the state Legislature were the topic of a presentation today by Canal Corporation Director Brian Stratton, a member of the governor’s cabinet.
In addition to passing a balanced, on-time budget, enacting the Property Tax Cap, the Marriage Equality Act and the Public Integrity Reform Act, Stratton underscored passage of the NYSUNY 2020 legislation as a significant reform critical to rebuilding the state economy.
SUNY Empire State College's Vice President Hugh Hammett as Master of Ceremonies
He emphasized that to compete in a new global economy, higher education must be a driver of economic development and academic achievement.
College Vice President Hugh Hammett served as master of ceremonies. In introducing state Sen. Roy J. McDonald, who gave brief remarks, Hammett shared with the audience that McDonald is an alumnus of two SUNY campuses: Hudson Valley Community College and the College at Oneonta.
Stratton is also a SUNY alumnus having graduated from the College at Oswego.
Left to Right: Sen. Roy McDonald, Canal Corporation Director Brian Stratton, Saratoga Springs Mayor Scott Johnson, Saratoga County Supervisor Joanne Yepsen, Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman Thomas N. Wood III at 113 West Avenue
Hammett also recognized other supporters of the college in attendance at today’s event including Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman Thomas N. Wood III, County Supervisor Joanne Yepsen and City of Saratoga Springs Mayor Scott Johnson.
Today’s event took place at the college’s LEED Silver Certified building, located at 113 West Ave., Saratoga Springs.
Canal Corp. Director Brian Strattion meets with the press after presenting "Building a "New" New York"
Celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2011, SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.
The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.
For additional information, visit www.esc.edu. For more on the 40th anniversary, please follow this link.
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