SU and SUNY-ESF Students Reaffirm NYPIRG Referendum to Continue Funding


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Syracuse University students confirmed a referendum for the New York Public Interest Research Group with 71.76% of the vote in the student union election, Richard Kaufman IV wrote. , chairman of the SA Board of Elections, in a campus-wide email on April 9.

The referendum approves allocating $3 of each student’s student activity fee to NYPIRG, which funds all SU and SUNY-ESF chapter operations, said Ethan Gormley, the project coordinator for the chapter.

NYPIRG is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization run primarily by students that organizes students and advocates for causes across New York State, including suffrage, energy and the environment, government, public health, consumer protection, higher education and public transport.

“What our funding allows us to do is run a strong program here at Syracuse and at ESF for our students, whether they are interns, volunteers, or just student leaders,” said Gormley. “And it allows a full-time project coordinator here every day to work with these students, teach them through workshops and the basics of grassroots organization and be an advocate and really engage the campus. and the greater Syracuse community in meaningful ways to empower students.”

The $3 stipends from student activity fees are still beholden to the SA budgeting process — like all other registered student organizations — and therefore are not guaranteed by vote, Gormley said. Voting, however, ensures that students consistently have a say in whether the organization receives the funding, he said.

“We are really happy to have been allowed to organize this referendum in Syracuse (University and SUNY-ESF) because it is something exciting that allows students to really engage and show their support for this service” , Gormley said. “This is how we were founded in ’73, this is the idea that students decide what they want, and this referendum holds us accountable and allows the student voice to be really loud saying: ‘Look, we want to continue or not.’”

Kaufman said in a message to the Daily Orange that the referendum was “never denied”. Students can request a refund of their student activity fee stipend if they wish, SA President David Bruen said in a statement.

NYPIRG is a student-run organization that is able to localize issues that are decided by a statewide board of trustees, Gormley said. Syracuse Chapter students used the funding for advocacy and relief projects such as two food drives and workshops for health care access and student suffrage in addition to other fundraising campaigns. student organization, he said.

“That’s exactly why we keep student voices front and center every year that we advocate at the state level,” he said. “And then locally through funding from Syracuse, it allows our chapter to continue and work on these issues statewide and bring it to the (a) local level as well.”

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