April 26, 2010 Supervisor of the town of Ramapo and Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Christopher P. St. Lawrence announced his full support for the State University of New York strategic plan recently unveiled by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.
"With nearly a half-million students, almost 90,000 faculty and staff members, and 64 campuses around the state, SUNY is in a unique position to leverage its vast educational network and transform it into an economic engine that can help drive the state back to fiscal health and economic stability," he said.
St. Lawrence applauded Zimpher for her leadership in coming up with a plan he said would use the institution's resources and bring together all 64 campuses in an effort to improve the state's economy and the quality of life for its citizens.
St. Lawrence also said pairing the strengths of individual campuses with their surrounding communities would help grow communities, lure new industry and business, and build a foundation for New York's future.
"With families and communities throughout New York teetering on the brink of financial ruin and in desperate need of economic relief, SUNY's innovative economic development plan may be exactly what we need to start renewing the promise of New York," said St. Lawrence.
St. Lawrence, who has been the Ramapo town supervisor for the last nine years and who has made economic development a main focus in his campaign for lieutenant governor, said he would work with Zimpher to implement economic development initiatives to get people back to work and improve struggling communities.