SUNY Campuses Already Doing Their Share To Save Money, Ritchie Says

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State Sen. Patty Ritchie was spending Tuesday in Albany trying to convince State University of New York officials to allow the SUNY campuses in Potsdam and Canton to each have a president.

Right now, SUNY Canton has an interim president and SUNY Potsdam President John Schwaller is leaving in July.

Some people speculate SUNY will use the situation to save money by hiring one president to oversee both campuses.

But Ritchie says the campuses are already sharing positions and services and are saving their share of money.

Ritchie says the information she has "shows that SUNY Canton and Potsdam have not just met the expectations, but exceeded what was asked of them."

Along with representatives from SUNY's central administration, Ritchie is meeting with the chair of the senate's education committee and other senators with SUNY schools in their districts.

"It's important to talk to SUNY about the situation and continue to make sure that there's a president leading both colleges," she said.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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