New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Cortland yesterday. She got a first-hand look at the SUNY Cortland’s new $56 million dollar student life center.
Hochul was on campus yesterday where she toured the new facility which includes a multitude of recreation and fitness facilities for students and faculty.
Hochul says she sees the new student life center as a tool to keep the college competitive when it comes to student recruitment.
Hochul’s visit came the day after Governor Cuomo signed a new campus sex assault bill into state law. The bill establishes a uniform policy for all New York state colleges and universities in their handling of sexual assaults on campus. The policy was modeled after existing policies already in place at SUNY Cortland.
The newsroom asked Hochul about the Start-up NY initiative which looks to leverage the SUNY campus tax exempt status to bring businesses into the state. So far no companies have co-located on or near the Cortland campus to utilize the benefit.
Hochul says the Start-up program is only part of the strategy to revitalize the region and pointed to the millions of dollars that have been channeled into economic development through the regional economic development competitive grant process.