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CDNY Lobby Day Recap

Recently, students from across New York visited the Capitol to discuss Assemblyman James Skoufis' Tuition-Free NY bill with state legislators. CDNY Capital Region Chair and UAlbany chapter vice president Christian Chowdhruy took part in the lobby day and wrote an account of the event:

On March 11, College Democrats of New York met with members of the New York State Legislature to lobby for the Tuition-Free NY bill introduced by Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Woodbury). While having discussions with legislators, we emphasized the fact that students don’t want a handout, but are simply looking for a chance to make college affordable. This bill would implement an innovative financial aid option in which students can have their tuition waived in return for a commitment to community service.Each student will have to complete a minimum of 250 hours of community service for each year, or a minimum of 125 hours for students enrolled in a designated science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program. Recipients will also have to commit to staying in the state of New York for five years following graduation, meaning that students will not only help their local community while in school, but also contribute to economic growth and innovation upon receiving their degrees.

College Democrats of New York Urge Legislators to Pass Tuition-Free NY Bill

The College Democrats of New York (CDNY) took to the Capitol on Tuesday in an effort to lobby members of the New York State Legislature to pass the Tuition-Free NY bill, a proposal which would give New York students free tuition at SUNY and CUNY schools conditional on their completion of community service and establishing permanent residency in the State of New York.

“This bill is an innovative way to put college within the reach of deserving young New Yorkers and prevent the brain drain of young people leaving our state,” said College Democrats of New York President Colin Crowley. “CDNY applauds strong leaders like Assemblyman Skoufis for having the foresight to do the right thing for the next generation of New York students.”

Stony Brook Chapter Hosts Panel on How to Get a Job in Politics

With graduation and the summer fast approaching, most students are thinking about applying for jobs and internships. This week, the Stony Brook College Democrats collaborated with the Stony Brook College Republicans to host a bipartisan panel to help students hoping to pursue a career in politics make their applications as competitive as possible.

About 40 students attended the event, which featured speakers from the Stony Brook political science department, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, and campaigns for two candidates in the contentious 1st Congressional District -- Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop and Republican State Senator Lee Zeldin. A Stony Brook Career Center representative moderated the panel.

College Democrats of New York Honor Gianaris

The College Democrats of New York were proud to present State Senator Mike Gianaris with the 2014 Visionary Award at Monday's Jefferson-Jackson Reception in Albany. The Visionary Award recipient is selected annually for having a deep and abiding respect for the young people of his constituency and of the State of New York and a commitment to their issues.

Tri-State Area GOP's Week in Review

In case you missed it, Republicans in the New York area have been all over the news this week. And not for the greatest reasons.

College Democrats of New York Laud President’s Agenda for Opportunity and Action

Colin Crowley, President of the College Democrats of New York, issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address:

“The President has once again shown that he is on the side of students and young Americans. Whether you are in high school and examining your choices for the future, a college student planning for a career, a recent graduate paying down your debt, or a returning veteran seeking a new path, the President has laid out a plan of action that provides opportunity for you.

“We heard much of this agenda when the President toured Upstate New York last summer where he spoke directly to the young people of this state and renewed his commitment to the next generation. We in the College Democrats of New York are proud to have the President fighting for our values and priorities.”

CDNY's 2013 In Review

2013 was a great year for Democrats around the country, with historic electoral victories in Virginia as well as right here in New York. Here's a recap of what the College Democrats of New York were up to this year.