Monthly Archives: February 2008

NYS Revenue Forecasts

Governor Eliot Spitzer’s 2008-09 Executive Budget Proposal called for a 5.2 percent increase in state spending – a move that many labeled “belt-tightening.” Since that initial proposal more economic data has come in and Legislative conferences have releases their revenue projections for the year. At issue is the amount of money available to spend. The […]


On February 15, 2008 leaders of the Library Association of the City of New York met with NYSHEI Executive Director Jason Kramer to learn about NYSHEI advocacy and discuss greater cooperation between the organizations. “Lisa Ellis and the LACUNY leadership are great supporters of NYSHEI. I am grateful for the opportunity to address LACUNY campus […]

Elsevier Invites NYSHEI Perspective

On February 12, 2008 NYSHEI Executive Director Jason Kramer was invited to speak to members of the Elsevier sales, marketing and executive teams. Gathered at the Le Parker Meridien Hotel in midtown Manhattan for their annual North American Sales Kick-Off meetings, Elsevier invited Kramer to discuss NYSHEI and its advocacy on behalf of public and […]

ARIA Gets Unanimous Support

On Tuesday, February 12, 2008, the NYS Assembly Committee on Economic Development, Small Business, Commerce and Industry voted unanimously to report ARIA (A.9672/S.6741) from committee. Translation: When put to its first vote, ARIA passed with broad bi-partisan support. Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (D-Kenmore) chair of the committee and lead Assembly sponsor of ARIA has adopted the […]

Kramer Speaks to Higher Education Committee

NYSHEI Executive Director Jason Kramer on February 8, 2008 presented testimony to a hearing of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education. The hearing was led by Committee Chair Assembly Member Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan) at the state offices in Lower Manhattan. After thanking Glick for her role on the Commission for Higher Education and its endorsement […]

Schimminger Discusses ARIA

Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (D-Erie) met recently with NYSHEI Executive Director Jason Kramer to discuss strategy for promoting ARIA in the State Assembly. Mr. Schimminger, the lead Assembly sponsor of the ARIA act, is Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry. As a result of careful planning ARIA has been […]

SUNY Caucus Forms

The Albany Times Union is reporting that a caucus has been formed for legislators who graduated from a school in the State University of New York system. The SUNY Legislative Alumni Caucus, representing about 51 legislators or about one-fourth of the full Legislature, will be headed by Sen. Joseph Robach, R-Greece, a SUNY Brockport grad, […]

LaValle Joins ARIA Effort

State Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-Suffolk), Chair of the Senate Committee on Higher Education and member of the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education, has become a sponsor of ARIA. ARIA, the Academic Research and Information Access act, now counts among its committed supports the chairs – in each house – of the Higher Education and Economic […]