During his speech, Gov. Cuomo focused on shared responsibility, creating more jobs in New York by region and reducing excess spending in the state budget, including the areas of education and Medicaid.
“Decades of overtaxing and overspending have taken our state to the brink,” Gov. Cuomo said. “To change our course, this year’s budget is based on a very simple concept -- we can't spend more than we take in. But as families throughout Long Island know, we cannot tax our way to economic health. Instead, we need to cut costs and spend smarter. Now is the time to make the tough decisions we need to rebuild our economy and restore our state.”
The discussion, which took place in the McGann Conference Center located on the College’s Long Island Campus in Patchogue, NY, drew in a crowd of approximately 300, including political figures, local civic leaders and students, faculty, administrators and trustees from St. Joseph’s College. To watch a video of the governor's speech click here.
“St. Joseph’s was honored to host Governor Cuomo and to hear his views on the fiscal problems we face,” said SJC President Sister Elizabeth A. Hill. “As both a citizen and an educator, I welcome opportunities like this to contribute to the public dialogue regarding these challenges and to expose our students to the critical issues that impact their lives.”
About St. Joseph's College
St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 23 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs through its School of Arts and Sciences and its School of Professional and Graduate Studies.