2017-18 Executive Budget Impact on UAlbany

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently completed his regional State of the State addresses, capping his tour at the University at Albany. The Governor released his Executive Budget for State Fiscal Year 2017-18 on January 17.

Below are elements of the Governor’s proposed budget and agenda that are of interest to UAlbany, along with the University’s 2017-18 legislative requests.

The University will continue to monitor these items and provide updates as they become available over the course of this legislative session. If you are interested in learning more about any of these programs or UAlbany’s legislative agenda, please contact the Office of Government and Community Relations at (518) 956-8163, or stop by University Hall, Room 104.

The 2017-18 Executive Budget includes:

  • Approximately $56.4 million in state tax support for the University at Albany (similar to last year’s level). The SUNY system would receive $708 million in direct state tax support, similar to last year.
  • A reappropriation* in capital funding for the development of the new College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity; $15 million was originally appropriated in the 2014-15 Enacted Budget.
  • A reappropriation for the NYSTAR Center of Excellence in Atmospheric and Environmental Prediction and Innovation at the University at Albany; $250,000 was originally appropriated in the 2015-16 Enacted Budget.
  • $1.24 million for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University at Albany (CARD Albany), which brings research and practice together in community settings.
  • Level funding of $235,000 for Just for the Kids (Know Your Schools-for NY Kids) within the School of Education, the only New York-focused, evidenced-based school improvement program in the State that compares the performance of equally-resourced and similarly challenged schools.
  • Level funding of $261,600 for the Public Health Management Leaders of Tomorrow program (PHLOT), established in 2006, which strengthens the public health infrastructure across New York State.

*A reappropriation is a legislative enactment that continues any undisbursed balance of an appropriation that would otherwise lapse. It allows the program to keep money that was set aside in previous years but not spent.

  • The College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC) has far surpassed enrollment targets in its minor. There are currently over 300 students enrolled, making it the fifth most popular minor at the University. The 39-credit undergraduate major in emergency preparedness, homeland security and cybersecurity, launched in August 2016 has seen similar growth, with more than 150 declared and 100 intended majors, surpassing the five-year enrollment targets in under three months. A Master’s program is expected to launch in 2017-18. Based on this growth, bridge funding was requested from the Executive to help with the College’s expansion and initial development. However, while the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) supported this, it was not included in the Executive Budget.
  • Recently, DHSES and CEHC developed an eight-hour training curriculum for civilian airport employees to be trained on active shooter situations and security awareness. This training will be extended to airports statewide to ensure that New York’s transportation infrastructure is better prepared and protected.
  • Building design is well underway and early site work will start in late spring for the Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex (ETEC), the signature construction project in UAlbany’s NYSUNY 2020 plan. ETEC will be home to CEHC, the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (DAES), the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC) and the New York State Mesonet, along with private partners, business development functions and instructional and research programs in Physics and Chemistry.
  • The New York State Mesonet team at UAlbany continues its work in installing state-of-the-art Mesonet weather-detection stations statewide to provide a broader picture of current weather conditions with real-time data. The project is being funded with a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and implemented in partnership with DHSES. The new system, which will augment the 27 stations now used by the National Weather Service, will ensure emergency managers are better equipped to make decisions and deploy resources to protect life and property during extreme weather events.
  • The University at Albany’s Health Sciences Campus (formerly the East Campus) is home to the largest concentration of health science-related entities in the Capital Region, including the University’s School of Public Health and Cancer Research Center, the Pharmaceutical Research Institute affiliated with Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Neural Stem Cell Institute. Major health-related corporations – such as Taconic, AMRI and Regeneron – are also on campus. The campus will leverage the expertise in UAlbany’s health-related academic programs, promote economic efficiencies and cultivate new opportunities for entrepreneurs, businesses, faculty, and students through the Blackstone Launchpad and Innovate 518 program. Our goal is to make the Health Sciences Campus a premier global hub for research, development, and commercialization in the health care industry.
  • In his 2016 State of the State Address, Governor Cuomo announced the creation of a new Scholarship Program for Analysis and Research in Cybersecurity (SPARC) to provide full tuition support for students seeking degrees in the field of cyber security at any SUNY institution. All 15 of the awardees will come from UAlbany’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, with the awardees expected to be announced this spring.