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Letter to the Governor, State Senators, and State Assemblymembers

Sent to my NY gov peeps:

SUNY and New York’s Future

Dear (Mr. Governor | Mr. Senator | Ms. Assemblywoman | Mr. Assemblyman),

My name is Leonid Domnitser. I am a senior computer science student at SUNY Binghamton, and I intend to apply to the graduate computer science program, also here in Binghamton for next year. I am writing to urge you to oppose the tuition hike and budget cut proposed for SUNY.

Tuition is going up $300 next semester at Binghamton, but the university will only get $30 of that money. I understand that the state needs money, but higher ed is not a tax bracket–it is an investment in New York’s future. My field of computer science flourishes in California, but I chose to stay in my home state because I trust New York’s commitment to education. Even small steps like this weaken SUNY, which weakens New York’s economy in the long run. The best professors will take more lucrative jobs, and students will move to other states.

Now is an easy time to farm some extra revenue from students, but dropping this investment now is unwise. It’s a tough economy, but Warren Buffett [1] recently wrote that now is in fact the best time to make smart, long-term investments in America. That applies at the state level, too, and education has consistently been one of the world’s best-paying investments.

In fact, education spending is more important than any other investment for the state government to make, because it can’t be left to private investors. Without sound public education, including higher education, inequity among the state’s diverse regions and cultures will grow. That is a decision about what kind of culture we want as a state. Please make the right choice.

[1]: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/17/opinion/17buffett.html

3 comments on Letter to the Governor, State Senators, and State Assemblymembers

1. drake says:

you might be interested in implementing my software for NY State. it gives you a direct control over legislature.

http://trustfreedemocracy.com

i built it from scratch.

—drake, 14 November 2008, 19:25

2. Alex says:

Right on! Did you get any reply from officials? How do you arrive to 30 of of 300 dollar hike going to school?

—Alex, 19 November 2008, 14:57

3. Lenny says:

No replies, except from Dean Skelos’s office.

Dear Friend:

Thank you for your recent e-mail. I appreciate the time you have taken to correspond with me.

Your comments and suggestions are very important to me and an integral part of the legislative process. As such, you can be assured that I will remain mindful of your thoughts and concerns.

With more people communicating with my office by e-mail, I now receive thousands of e-mails each week. I will make every effort to respond to your correspondence as soon as possible. If you have not already done so, please forward your name, address and phone number to my office.

Once again, thank you for contacting me with your views.

Best wishes and kind regards.

Sincerely,

Dean G. Skelos

P.S. You may also visit my website at http://www.senatordeanskelos.org and sign up for my Senate Insider service to receive updates on issues and legislation that matter to you. This is a great way to stay informed about the actions of state government and their impact on our community.

I got that one twice.

—Lenny, 19 November 2008, 15:08

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