March 2015

In 2011, NYSUNY 2020 was passed by the New York State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Cuomo. This legislation fundamentally changed the way that the State University of New York was funded. In doing so, it greatly benefited SUNY students and their families by introducing reasonable, predictable tuition increases. It also provided an anticipated revenue stream that has enabled each SUNY campus—including SUNY Optometry—to properly plan and invest for its future. This has been a very positive development for SUNY but it’s really only the beginning.

In addition to extending the provisions of the critical NYSUNY 2020 legislation, which is now in its final year, we need an increase in capital investment for SUNY as well. As the legislature and the governor work to get the state budget approved by April 1, we need them to step up and support these critical initiatives. I have seen firsthand how both a predictable tuition model and revenue stream, as well as capital investment in our campus, has benefited both our students and our institution. Part of our mission at SUNY Optometry is to develop the health care leaders and the groundbreaking researchers that New York State needs. We know that, by working together and investing in our current and future students, we will help to ensure our students’ long-term success and fulfill this mission. We also know that, by doing this, we’re investing in New York State by providing its citizens with the critical eye and vision care providers that they will require in the decades to come.

I am asking you, our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, to join me in supporting an extension of the provisions of NYSUNY 2020 as well as strong capital investment in our campuses. I urge you to visit to find out more about these important issues and to learn how you can make your voice heard. 


David A. Heath, OD, EdM


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