Colleges and universities around New York will be getting millions under a state matching grant program, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced this week.
Among the educational institutions getting much-needed funding are Iona College and the College of New Rochelle, and Mercy College, all in Westchester County.
The College of New Rochelle will be getting a $1 million grant, which it had to match three dollars for every dollar provided by Albany, to renovate and equip its science labs.
Iona (New Rochelle) will get a grant of $2.5 million for a residence hall; and Mercy (Dobbs Ferry), $2.5 million for a residence hall and campus commons.
Cuomo said funding for the capital project grants is coming from the Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program.
“New York’s colleges and universities are among the best in the nation – and with this funding, we are helping them make big investments that will benefit students in both the near and long-term future,” Cuomo said.
The three-member program’s board members, who are appointed by the governor, are Robert F. Mujica, Assembly member Deborah J. Glick and Lisa Clare Kombrink.
Colleges and universities are major employers in their communities, said Gerrard P. Bushnell, president and CEO of the Dormitory Authority, which administers the program.
The program “leverages private investment with public dollars to stimulate the economy and keep New York competitive,” Bushnell said.
Among the other colleges/universities, grants and projects are:
- Bard College: $500,000 to renovate its Center for Curatorial Studies.
- Fordham University : $2.5 million for the renovation of the former Law Building.
- Metropolitan College of New York: $1.2 million for equipment for its two new campuses in Bronx and Manhattan.
- New York Academy of Art: $1 million for rehabilitation, renovations and equipment.
- New York Institute of Technology: $842,633 to renovate the Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Centers at the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences
- New York University: $2.5 million for state-of-the-art research facilities.
- Sarah Lawrence College: $152,398 for the purchase and installation of equipment for the film and new media program.
- St. Johns University: $2.5 million for renovating Bent Hall.
- Touro College: $2 million to created the Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College.
- Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York: $2.5 million for the construction of a new Nursing Building.
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