Gov. David A. Paterson’s push to give SUNY campuses the power to set their own tuition rates appears to have little support among lawmakers and his potential successors.
At a forum about the results of a new Newsday/Hofstra University poll on Thursday, Republican gubernatorial candidates Steve Levy, the Suffolk County Executive, and Carl Paladino, a Buffalo businessman, both said they favored sticking with the current system of legislative approval of SUNY tuition. Ditto for State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), the minority leader.
However, Edward Cox and Jay Jacobs, heads of the state Republican and Democratic committees, respectively, backed Paterson’s proposal.