CUNY Supporters Urge Stable Budget in Full-Page Ad

Leaders of foundations that support the City University of New York are voicing their concern over CUNY's funding.

A full page ad in Monday's New York Times is addressed to Governor Andrew Cuomo and members of the State Senate and Assembly.

It urges them to support a stable and adequate budget for CUNY.

The ad comes after the governor's Executive Budget proposal called for moving $500 million in state funding to the city.

But the city opposes that move, and has not included the money in its budget.

Meanwhile, more than 50 writers from the system gathered Sunday night to read excerpts from their collective book "CUNY Writers Against Austerity."

The reading was meant to raise awareness of the need for new labor contracts, and fight potential budget cuts. 

"We're in a moment of crisis at CUNY, where the conversation has been too much about whether CUNY is going to be cut, when the real conversation should be about how to add funds to CUNY," said Professional Staff Congress Union President Barbara Bowen.

Organizers say potential budget cuts to CUNY could lead to campus closings and higher tuition.

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