County Legislature gives conceptual approval to SUNY Orange New...
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#1 Aug 15, 2006
Talk about stupid ideas! We need a campus of OCCC in Newburgh like we need another hole in our collective heads. I can see it now...crack addicts putting down their pipes and filing into the halls of academia... Give me a break. Neighborhood kids are no more likely to attend OCCC if it is in Newburgh than if it was in their house. As for the ridiculous claim that we would save $4 million a year in payments to other counties for our students who go to other CC's (Dutchess must be the big, bad guy here,) that's plain old bull. We don't pay $4 million a year TOTAL in out of county charges to all counties! And believe you me, nowhere NEAR 100% of those students leaving Orange are going to Dutchess. We pay a load to Rockland. It would be much smarter to build a campus in Monroe if the object were to keep students in OC. It wouldn't save any money in the longrun, but it would make more sense. Of course, I don't think Bobby C. owns any land in Monroe for bulilding it on.
Recently, Sullivan county refused to give SCCC $1 million dollars more, saying they can't afford to and stressing they already give some $3 million to SCCC. Well, we already give some $13 million to OCCC and that's WITHOUT a Newburgh campus. You still think the new digs are a good idea? Hold onto your wallets!
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