Buttenschon attends public hearing on COVID-19

Pandemic’s impact on higher education discussed

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ALBANY — Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy, attended a public hearing hosted by the Assembly Higher Education Committee on Tuesday to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the future of higher education in New York.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed our daily lives and these disruptions have been especially difficult for our state’s colleges and universities,” said Buttenschon.

“As a member of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, I’m focused on identifying the ways that the pandemic impacted the budget needs of SUNY and CUNY schools and highlighting college policies that were enacted during the pandemic and could be applied system-wide,” Buttenschon said.

“I want to thank everyone who provided oral testimony today and all the college faculty and staff who’ve helped students navigate challenging times,” she added.

The public hearing was hosted by Assembly Higher Education Committee Chair Deborah J. Glick (D-Manhattan) and featured testimony from SUNY and CUNY leadership and other stakeholders.

In addition to discussing COVID-related changes at New York schools, Buttenschon and her colleagues addressed the needs for more qualified, full-time faculty, mental health concerns, fiscal implications of state policy and improving services for students with disabilities. This is the first of three hearings that the assemblywoman is scheduled to attend this week, her office announced.

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