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Congressional Appropriations

More than $10.7 million in new SUNY funding


Recently passed congressional appropriations will mean more than $10.7 million in additional federal funding for the State University of New York, Chancellor Robert L. King announced today. This represents more than a three-fold increase in direct congressional appropriations for SUNY over a year earlier.

Last year, overall funding for sponsored activity, including research, exceeded $594 million – almost $100 million more in total sponsored funding than the university had two years earlier. Of the overall funding, $300 million was from federal sources, most in the form of contracts and grants from federal agencies. Last year, there was $3.4 million in direct congressional appropriations compared to the $10.7 million this year.

The congressional funding for 2002 is in support of 20 projects at SUNY institutions; the funding was included in legislation passed during the first Session of the 107th Congress.

“These research projects have the potential to reap significant benefits for the people and businesses of New York State,” King said. “The work being done by our faculty and campuses is crucial to the health and prosperity of our state, and we are delighted at the support our researchers are receiving in Washington.”

“The success we are having in Washington is a direct result of the coordinated activities of all our partners in this effort,” King said specifically identifying members of the state’s federal delegation, campus leaders, faculty researchers, staff of the SUNY Research Foundation, and the firm of Akin, Gump, Straus, Hauer & Feld, which the SUNY Research Foundation hired last year to help represent its interests in the nation’s capital.

“We are particularly pleased by the strong support and encouragement we have received from our congressional delegation. Our delegation in Washington enjoys seniority in many key committees in both houses and the faith of our congressional leaders in their State University is very gratifying.”

King specifically acknowledged the work of the following members of the state’s federal delegation for their work on behalf of SUNY:

Rep. James Walsh (R-25th Dist., Syracuse – Chairman of VA HUD Subcommittee);

Rep. Thomas Reynolds (R-27th Dist., East Amherst – Rules Committee);

Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (23rd Dist., New Hartford – Chairman of the Science Committee);

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY);

Rep. Felix Grucci (R-1st Dist., East Patchogue);

Rep. Amo Houghton (R-31st Dist., Corning);

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-18th Dist., Harrison- Ranking Member on Foreign Operations Subcommittee);

Rep. John McHugh (R-24th Dist., Pierrepont Manor);

Rep. Michael McNulty (D-21st Dist., Green Island);

Rep. Major Owens (D-11th Dist., Brooklyn);

Rep. John Sweeney (R-22nd Dist., Clifton Park); and

Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-10th Dist., Brooklyn)

King specifically cited the work of Walsh on behalf of the Upstate Medical Center, the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Onondaga Community College.

“Jim Walsh has been a great friend to the State University and a tireless advocate for Central New York,” King said. “He has pushed us in the higher education community to continuously improve the quality of our programs, their accessibility to the public and their relevance to area businesses. He is a great partner in Washington and his commitment to improved higher education will result in better business training programs, improved diagnostic capabilities for research physicians, and more comprehensive outreach programs on environmental issues that affect the communities of greater Syracuse. His commitment is not only helping us to improve the State University, it is helping improve the quality of life in Central New York.”

For the first time last year, SUNY submitted a system-wide request for federal funds. Previously individual campuses sought money for their own projects and sometimes ended up competing against other SUNY campuses for limited resources. SUNY’s new, unified approach is helping to coordinate and focus the State University’s effort on leveraging the size, strength and diversity of the largest and most comprehensive higher education system in the world for the benefit of its students, New York citizens and businesses.

King has made the development of new and expanded sources of revenue a key component of his strategy to move the State University to the front ranks of American public higher education. He has outlined a plan to develop competitive, diverse, and predictable streams of operating revenues and generate an additional $5 billion from federal, state and private resources by 2005.

Here is the list of the SUNY projects that have been earmarked to date, including name of project, campus, amount of support, primary congressional advocate (in parentheses) and brief description:

Community Environmental Education Center, College of Environmental Science and Forestry/Syracuse, $250,000, (Rep. Walsh). The project will revitalize southwest Syracuse by cleaning and restoring upper and lower Onondaga parks and building an educational center that will include a botanical garden, urban stream and space for classes, exhibits and other facilities. A regional attraction, the center will draw visitors to the area.

Otisco Lake Watershed Evaluation Project, College of Environmental Science and Forestry/Syracuse, $150,000, (Rep. Walsh). The project will examine the effectiveness of buffer systems used to reduce runoff pollution from agricultural fields in the region. Study results will make is easier to measure the cost of each approach – including reduced farm output - relative to the benefits of improved water quality to determine the most efficient method.

  • Urban Run-off Treatment Wetland Project, College of Environmental Science and Forestry/Syracuse, $200,000, (Rep. Walsh). This project will test the effectiveness of constructed/restored wetlands in reducing storm water runoff and sewer overflows in tributaries of Onondaga Lake. In addition to improving water quality in Syracuse, the project will provide a natural urban park and educational opportunities for area residents.
  • Remote Sensing Project, College of Environmental Science and Forestry/Syracuse, $450,000, (Rep. Walsh). Forestry employs almost 70,000 workers in New York State and as an industry generates some $4 billion annually. The project will improve the state’s ability to efficiently operate its forest lands and enhance economic development in environmentally sound ways by applying new remote sensing technologies to forest resource management practices.
  • Microelectronics – NY for High Tech Jobs Project, University at Albany, $500,000, (Reps. Sweeney and McNulty). The Pilot Prototyping/Workforce Training Center will capitalize on UAlbany’s research and development programs in nanoelectronics and provide New York State with the added benefit of being able to train its workforce in a real computer chip manufacturing environment – a critical advantage in today’s highly competitive global marketplace.
  • Research and Infrastructure Improvements for the Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics, University at Albany, $200,000, (Reps. Sweeney and McNulty). For the past decade, electronics has been one of the fastest growing technology industries in the United States. The industry is a major employer in New York, providing almost 100,000 jobs in 1998 with total payroll exceeded $3 billion. The Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics will provide the academic research infrastructure, incubator space for high-tech company spin-offs, and the skilled workforce required for NYS’s high technology industry.
  • Spatial Information Technology Center, Fulton Montgomery College, $855,000, (Rep. McHugh). The Center brings the technology, knowledge and applications of the Spatial Information Technology field to the Fulton-Montgomery region, positively affecting the rural area’s educational, economic development and work force communities. It offers educational programs in the areas of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Position Systems (GPS), and Remote Sensing (RS).
  • Telecommunications Centers for Education, University Colleges of Technology, $200,000, (Rep. Boehlert). To meet New York State’s need for affordable technological education, the UCT is developing a multi-phased Distance Education program that permits them to share and maximize resources, thus allowing individuals to pursue certificate, associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree programs anytime, anyplace.
  • Clinical Database of Breast and Prostate Cancer Patients, University at Stony Brook, $990,000, (Rep. Grucci). Prostate and breast cancers comprise 31% of all cancers in men and women, respectively. The Cancer Institute of Long Island at Stony Brook University will establish a genetic/clinical database of breast and prostate cancer patients in Suffolk County. This database will serve as a national resource for scientists studying the causes of these cancers.
  • Equipment, training and infrastructure improvements to the Lean Manufacturing Lab, Onondaga Community College, $250,000, (Rep. Walsh). Located in the Whitney Applied Technology Center, the region's first Applied Technology Center, the lab is providing students will the essential training and technology-based job skills needed to meet the fast-growing and fast changing workforce needs of Central New York employers.
  • Northern NY Travel and Tourism Research Center, SUNY Potsdam, $100,000, (Rep. McHugh). Tourism is New York’s second largest industry and this center will harness its growth in the North Country. Factors that have limited tourism’s economic development and quality of life benefits to the North Country include the vastness of the region, the compartmentalization of its resources, and the lack of data upon which to base policy or marketing decisions.
  • Center for Excellence in Bioinformatics, University at Buffalo, $3,100,000, (Rep. Reynolds/Sen. Clinton). Bioinformatics uses the power of supercomputers to interpret data in the biological sciences at the molecular level and the emerging technology is expected to generate thousands of high-paying jobs. The Center fosters innovation by housing drug-design and research laboratories, high-performance computational facilities, 3-D visualization capabilities, product commercialization space and workforce training facilities.
  • X-ray Diffraction Instrumentation and Laboratory Build-Out, Upstate Medical University, $1,000,000, (Rep. Walsh). The recently-completed human genome project will provide information that will form the basis for significant improvements in human health and lead to the establishment of new biotechnology companies and jobs. Adding X-ray crystallography to existing facilities in Syracuse will attract new scientists and federal funding to Central New York.
  • Development Exposure Alcohol Research Center, Upstate Medical University, $150,000 (Rep. Walsh). Alcohol abuse and alcoholism costs the nation an estimated $184.6 billion per year. This center will allow researchers to use cutting edge technology to examine the effect prenatal and adolescent exposure to alcohol has on the nervous system. Increased understanding of developmental exposure and mechanisms of dependence will lead to more effective prevention and treatment.
  • Development of Alternative Triage Site in Event of Disaster or Biological Contamination, Upstate Medical University, $150,000, (Rep. Walsh). The Department of Emergency Medicine at Upstate, in connection with the Onondaga County Emergency Medical Services Bureau, is planning and developing a site that can be used in the case of a major disaster. The site would be available if any of the county’s four existing emergency rooms can’t be used due to infection or damage.
  • Academic Programs and Student Support Services, Purchase College, $500,000, (Rep. Lowey). This technology-based initiative will increase retention and graduation rates at the highly regarded public liberal arts college by integrating disciplines and increasing access to arts courses for all students. In addition a computerized Academic Advising System will enhance the college’s tutoring, assessment, career counseling and internship placement services.
  • Advanced Biotech Incubator, Downstate Medical Center, $440,000, (Rep. Owens and Rep. Towns). A key component in the revitalization of this Brooklyn neighborhood, the incubator will allow technologies that are being developed in New York stay in the state by providing an environment in which young businesses can flourish. The incubator itself will create hundreds of jobs. Further job creation will occur as successful biotech incubator “graduates” expand their operations.
  • Distance Learning Project, Empire State College, $250,000, (Rep. Sweeney). This project will enhance the Distance Learning Center at Empire State College which has been providing innovative degree programs to students across the U.S. and at military installations around the world since 1979. Distance learning offers flexibility for students with busy lives through term-based independent study courses designed especially for the adult learner.
  • Technology upgrades, Mohawk Valley Community College, $500,000, (Rep. Boehlert). The Millennium Project is a multi-faceted collaboration between MVCC and the Utica City School District to develop a new wireless network involving laptop and desktop computers at both MVCC and Proctor High School. The network will be used for informal instruction and tutorial sessions to students in selected computer-related curricula, and will allow students to turn in assignments and receive evaluations electronically.
  • Court and real time reporting program, Alfred State College of Technology, $800,000, (Rep. Houghton). An internet training program will teach the art and skill of court reporting via the World Wide Web. The program is an innovative way of answering the need for qualified court and realtime reporters by offering a degree program to students who cannot attend a college campus environment.

The State University will continue to work with New York’s congressional delegation and the Bush Administration on the implementation of these projects.