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Steuben County Legislature hosts President Mullaney, resolutions opposing state policy

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EFmap funding, conservation law, and cannabis

Corning Community College intends to be the educational heart of the community where all identities thrive, students reach new heights, and transformative partnerships grow, school President William Mullaney told Steuben County legislators during their regular session Monday.

The school is looking for ways to boost its enrollment, now at 4,700 including dual enrollment with advanced high school classes, he told legislators.

CCC draws 36 percent of its total enrollment from Steuben, he added.

After weathering a challenging year in 2021, due to the COVID pandemic, CCC has developed its curriculum to include Mechatronics, Teacher Assistant, Childhood Development Associate, Direct Support Professional, Bookkeeping /Accounting and Digital Design, he said.

Mullaney said the school relies principally on local financial support and receives student support from a SUNY Workforce Pathways Grant. Part-time Tuition Assistance Program financing also is available to cover all eligible students enrolled in six or more credits; and the school also received a $1.3 million SUNY Future Work Centers grant to train automotive technicians.

“Our goal is to empower our students, and elevate our community,” he said. In other action, Steuben legislators:

  • Opposed a proposal in the state’s 2023 budget to cut federal Medicaid funding earmarked for counties. The budget proposal means as much as a $2.5 million loss this year to county taxpayers, local officials said.
  • Opposed a proposal to change the state’s soil, water and conservation law. The state’s current law provides a framework that allows Steuben to choose its unique representation of local needs.
  • Supported a change in state law that would impose penalties on so-called “sticker stores” giving gifts of cannabis-related items after purchasing other items. That practice has arisen because the state has failed to develop regulations for legal dispensaries to provide cannabis products to the public.
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