Lori Mould's everyday life!

SUNYSA…Let’s get this year started!! May 25, 2014

On April 6, 2014, I was elected to be the President of the Student Assembly for the State University of New York (SUNYSA) and I will be a voting member of the SUNY Board of Trustees.  The State University of New York (SUNY) is the largest comprehensive system of universities, colleges, and community colleges in the United States with a total enrollment of 465,000 students plus 1.1 million adult education students spanning 64 campuses across the state.

SUNYSA is the official organization by which SUNY students can participate in University-wide governance. We provide a forum for consultation and the exchange of information between students, the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees. We advocate for our 465,000 students regarding issues such as: tuition,military and veterans issues, Education Opportunity Program (EOP-http://www.suny.edu/attend/academics/eop/), Child Care Services, edTPA, textbook affordability seamless transfer, Blood Donor Equality, support for Open SUNY, Contingent Faculty Pay Equity,just to name a few.  For more information, please visit: http://system.suny.edu/university-life/student-assembly/ and http://www.studentassembly.org/.

I know that the Executive Board and myself are ready to start the year which starts this Friday!  We will be hosting Transitional which is a three day event in which all of the new and returning Representatives, appointed Directors, Executive Board, and Advisors can come together to plan our goals, network with newly elected members, and to formally elect the Directors. Additionally, the Representatives will receive your campus assignments.  There are 16 Representatives for our 64 campuses, 12 Directors, and 4 Executive Board Members.

I will be blogging about my experiences as the SUNYSA President throughout the year.  Please feel free to ask questions and I will do my best to provide the answers and/or find the answers for you!  I am excited to get started this weekend as our 2014-2015 term of office officially starts on the 1st of June!!  We have a great Executive Committee and I know that we will be hitting the ground running with the goals created this weekend.

Please stay tuned for more information about SUNYSA, updates, pictures, etc.  Thank you for checking out my blog and enjoy the rest of the long weekend!!

To our all of our active duty military and veterans and your families, thank you for your service and sacrifice!!

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NYS Buyout of Homes on Staten Island damaged by Superstorm Sandy November 19, 2013

Last month I mentioned this NYS buyout of homes in the Ocean Breeze area of Staten Island.  I stated that I would get back to y’all with some details but life has gotten in the way, however, there was an article posted today on the ABCNews website:  NY to Buy Homes in NYC Neighborhood Hit by Sandy (http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/ny-buy-homes-nyc-neighborhood-hit-sandy-20929102) so here we go.

During the October 2013 Volunteer trip in which several students from #SUNY #EmpireStateCollege went down to Staten Island to help in the recovery effort, Darrell Hayes, the Staten Island Disaster Relief Coordinator for the Diocese of New York, drove us into some of the worst hit areas on his side of the Island and provided some important background information regarding the folks that had and were still living there, the deaths from the storm, the buyout, and the history of the area.

I thought that the buyout was mandatory, however, the article states that it is voluntary.  Governor Cuomo stated that the state has offered to buy all of the 129 homes in several flood-prone areas that were devastated by Superstorm Sandy. The areas in question are surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and tidal marshland.  Due to these factors, the area should be returned to the marshland that it once was before the housing boom brought families into these neighborhoods. The buyout for the homeowner’s will be at pre-storm value!

This buyout is a slippery slope because NYS is currently operating with a deficit.  On November 9, 2012, an article on the TimesUnion.com website titled: Cuomo says Sandy adds $1B to deficit: Governor expects worse financial picture for state (http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Cuomo-says-Sandy-adds-1B-to-deficit-4021228.php#ixzz2BhMPbLf2), stated that: “Without offering details, Cuomo said the storm would cause “an additional $1 billion deficit on the state side, maybe higher” on top of a deficit that before the storm had been pegged at $1 billion.”

After touring and helping the folks in these areas, I am sympathetic to their plight.  However, I would like to know what you think about this? Your comments and insight would be greatly appreciated!