The Office of Government and Community Affairs (OGCA) works with Members of the New York State Legislature, legislative staff and state agencies on various policy issues that are important to NYU. In particular, the office advocates in support of financial aid funding for New York State residents and works to secure funding for the Universities’ priorities. Such priorities include direct state assistance for projects such as NYU’s College of Dentistry Mobile Dental Van, which travels throughout the city providing dental care to underserved children. Additionally, the office coordinates the University's interaction with state elected officials and monitors legislative activity to share and receive feedback from the University community. Maintaining a presence in Albany is important because, in 2012, NYU students received over $15 million in direct student financial aid assistance from New York State aid programs.
OGCA also communicates with a wide range of state agencies and state associations in an effort to advance the University’s policy agenda, including the New York State Department of Education, the New York State Foundation for Science Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). NYU also collaborates with statewide organizations, including the New York Student Aid Alliance and the New York State Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu), to advance higher education policies and to secure funding for University initiatives. The New York Student Aid Alliance is a coalition of organizations representing students, colleges, and universities and others who believe that all qualified students should be able to go to college regardless of their financial resources. cIcu is a statewide association that represents over 100 independent and private universities and colleges, serving as a liaison between the schools and New York State. Please visit the websites of these organizations to learn more about higher education issues and policies in New York State.
NYU’s Washington Square Campus representatives are New York State Senator Brad Holyman (27th Senate District), and New York State Assemblymember Deborah Glick (66th Assembly District). The NYU's School of Engineering based in Brooklyn is represented by Assemblymember Joan Millman (52nd District) and Senator Velmanette Montgomery (25th District). If you are a New York resident, find out who your representatives are on the NYS Senate and NYS Assembly websites.
The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagementestimates that only 51% of 18-24 year-old citizens voted in the 2008 election. Exercise your power to vote! If you are a New York resident, visit New York State Board of Elections to learn about the state voter registration deadlines and how to register to vote in the next election.
Letter to Governor Cuomo in Support of NYS Dream Act l February 2014
NYU Priorities for NYS Legislature FY15 Budget l Feburary 2014
NYS Executive Budget Proposal Summary l January 2014
State of the State 2014 Summary l January 2014
NYU Memo in Support A.141 l June 2013
NYU Memo in Support A.7324A & S.4881A l June 2013
NYS Budget Agreement Summary l March 2013