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No Schuyler earmark, but $6.7M gain for UAlbany

The state budget again didn’t include any earmarks for the future home of a growing University at Albany STEM college.

Despite lobbying efforts, the state didn’t fork out dollars for Schuyler Building renovation. UAlbany for two consecutive years has requested $20 million for the project.

Instead, the university was granted $22 million for upkeep and renovation projects (it’s up $6.7 million from last year). UAlbany administration, in coordination with SUNY, will sort out distribution later on.

Background:

In February, Kim Boyer, dean of the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, said that $20 million in state support would be enough to begin interior renovations. The building, a longtime home of Albany High School, would house CEAS’ computer science department and environmental and sustainable engineering department.

Previously budgeted funds will support exterior renovations into the fall.

Other facility budget asks:

The university also requested $250,000 for the Center of Excellence in Atmospheric and Environmental Prediction and Innovation, the same amount as last year. This is in the 2018-19 state budget.

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