“No Cuts to CUNY”: Community Rallies in Defense of CSI

COLLEGE OF STATEN ISLAND–“Higher education is a right,” the people chanted throughout campus this afternoon. “That’s why we have to fight, fight, fight!” 

On May 9, students, faculty and staff joined forces at the fountain in front of CSI’s Building 1P to begin their march. Their cause is clear in the force of their unifying chants: a demand for a fully funded CUNY. 

In the April 2023 New York City executive budget proposal, which is not yet final, CUNY’s bottom line faces a reduction of $41.3 million each year from fiscal years 2024 to 2026. According to NYC comptroller, Brad Lander, “reductions in staff positions and fringe benefits account for $35 million of these $41.3 million in cuts.”