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Fight for Full City Funding of CUNY FY2024

(Fiscal Year July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024)

We want care not cuts

Send a Letter to Mayor Adams & your City Council Member

No NYC Cuts to CUNY!

We demand a People’s Budget!

PSC Statement on Mayor’s Executive Budget; Cutting CUNY Undermines New York’s Communities, Workforce, and Economy.  

In an April 27, 2023 response to Mayor Eric Adams’ Executive Budget, PSC President James Davis wrote “As a double graduate who has marched with students and staff to oppose past budget cuts to our university, Mayor Adams knows the life-changing, economy-boosting power of the City University of New York.  CUNY graduates strengthen the City’s workforce and contribute $4.2 billion annually to the state economy, most of it here in our city.  No university system lifts more students and families out of poverty and into the middle class than CUNY. Yet the mayor has proposed repeated rounds of unsustainable cuts to CUNY….”  Read the full statement.

Strong Support from the City Council

The NYC Council’s  Fiscal Year 2024 Preliminary Budget Response calls on the mayor to restore and baseline $36.9 million in funding for programmatic initiatives and $10.5 million in funding for Accelerate, Complete, and Engage (ACE), a program shown to increase graduation rates. It also calls for a new $35.5 million investment to hire 264 new academic advisors and $5.8 million to restore and expand CUNY Reconnect, a program that supported the re-enrollment of more than 16,000 former students in CUNY colleges.

In his statement about the budget response, PSC President James Davis said, “the Council wants exactly what CUNY needs.” Read the full statement.

Before the mayor’s third round of PEGs 

The Mayor’s November and January PEGs called for elimination of 235 open faculty and staff positions at CUNY.  The cuts add up to more than $50 million.

In addition to the PEG cuts, funding is not continued in the Mayor’s Preliminary  for the following programs:

  • CUNY Reconnect ($4.4 million);
  • Developmental Education Programs ($2.0 million)
  • Food Insecurity ($0.9 million)
  • Child Care ($0.6 million)
  • Vallone Scholarships ($15.8 million)
  • Research Institutes ($4.5 million)
  • Citizenship Now ($3.0 million)
  • CUNY School of Labor ($1.2 million)
  • CUNY Diversity Incubator ($0.5 million)
  • City College STEM ($1 million)
  • Technology Incubators ($1.4 million)
  • Care Workers for our Future ($0.4 million)




Published: March 20, 2023 | Last Modified: May 18, 2023

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