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Capital Region state lawmakers ask Hochul to rethink SUNY "flagship" designations

The University at Albany
Ian Pickus
SUNY administration building in Albany

Capital Region state lawmakers are calling on Governor Kathy Hochul to reconsider a proposal that would establish Buffalo and Stony Brook as the State University of New York’s flagship campuses.

Hochul announced the proposal during her state of the state address.

In a letter to their fellow Democrat, Assemblymembers Pat Fahy and John McDonald and Senator Neil Breslin say the University at Albany and Binghamton should also be named flagship campuses.

They warn that without the designation, “UAlbany could be put at a great disadvantage” and “such a hierarchy would upset this important balance.”

A Hochul spokesperson tells WAMC, “Flagships and their determination are just one part of the overall plan for SUNY. There is no demotion of any institutions, and the Governor looks forward to working with the legislature, all SUNY institutions and its students, faculty and other community stakeholders to further develop SUNY into a world-class institution.”

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.