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NYU Incubators Recieve New York State Certified Incubator Designation

In December 2013, NYU's incubators were deisgnated as a NYS Certified Business Incubator by Governor Andrew Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Council (REDC).  The designation includes $125,000 annually in state funding to expand support services to startups throughout NYC.

Learn more about the designation

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. 

NYS Assemblyman Kavanagh visits NYUCD

During his visit to NYU College of Dentistry, NYS Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh stops in a classroom and observes dental students with Dr. Mark Wolff, Professor and Associate Dean at NYUCD.


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.

 Get Involved

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.

Join Us
in Albany

Each year, the University coordinates trip to Albany giving students and alumni the chance to meet with state legislatures on the importance of financial aid programs and other issues of importance to higher education.

Learn more about Albany Day

Photo: Albany Day 2012

NYU Students and Alumni visit with Senator Montgomery during Albany Day 2012.

Lobbying in

Please contact the Office of Government and Community Affairs if you are planning to visit any Senators or Assemblymembers either in Albany or in their district offices.  We can help to inform you about the new lobbying laws as well as assist in scheduling meetings with the Members for you.

Please be sure to review the University's policies on meetings with elected officials prior to your trip.


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To learn more about Government Affairs, please contact us at 212-998-2400 or email us at or sign up for one of our weekly newsletters.

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