$14 Million JCC Project In Jeopardy

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A key building for Jefferson Community College is in jeopardy. 

It's called the Collaborative Learning Center and it's part of a $14 million project that JCC thought New York state said yes to. 

However, there was an oversight.

"The technical budget bill had not been passed and our projects were not part of the state budget," said JCC president Dr. Carole McCoy.

It's not just JCC.

Seven other community colleges aren't getting the money they were anticipating.

Dr. Mccoy says she got an email last Friday that indicated the college wouldn't get $7 million for the new learning center.

That money, along with $7 million from Jefferson County, is what the college banked on in order to start building the center next spring. 

"It's an error; it will get fixed. I just don't know exactly when it'll get fixed," said McCoy.

The email said the Community College Capital Project, which funded projects at 8 community colleges, never made it onto the books and into the final state budget.

This comes after state lawmakers agreed on that funding. 

Assemblywoman Addie Russell says this sort of thing isn't uncommon

"It doesn't seem that irregular for us because there are these little tiny glitches that we have to take care of," said Russell (D. - 116th District).

Shovels are supposed to go into the ground next spring.

Russell is hoping she can urge SUNY to give JCC the green light to start planning the project. 

Lawmakers are off until November at the earliest.

Under a worst case scenario, JCC would have to push back the project for months because of a $7 million oversight in Albany. 


 

Saturday, November 29, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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