Lori Mahan

Lori Mahan

Thursday, 20 February 2020 13:19

Local All Star Moments: Feb. 21-27, 2020

Ballston Spa Varsity Wrestling

BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa placed 4th for large schools at the Varsity Wrestling Section 2 Championships on Saturday, February 15. 
Individual Results: 
CHAMPION: Nick Palso 
3rd Place: Connor Gregory
3rd Place: Darrien Insogna
4th Place: James Prastio
5th Place: Cameron Hinchcliff
6th Place: Mike Lupo
6th Place: Ralph Keeney
Nick Palso will represent Ballston Spa and Section 2 at the NY State Wrestling Championships, Friday-Saturday, February 28-29 at the Times Union Center. 

Saratoga Springs Varsity Wrestling

1st Place:Eric Griskowitz 
3rd Place: Lucius Anderson
4th Place: Jacob Pratt
4th Place: Griffin Biviano
5th Place: Kyle Griskowitz
6th Place: Pat Spatafora

Blue Streaks Swimming and Diving Championships

SPORTS ASM BlueStreaks Swimming

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On February 15, Saratoga Springs placed third in the Section II swimming and diving championships with 117. Photo provided.

Schuylerville High School Senior Advances to Skiing State Championships

SCHUYLERVILLE — Schuylerville High School senior Hannah Klingebiel is heading to the State Alpine Skiing Championships, after she finished first in Slalom during the Section 2 Championship at West Mountain, with a time of 55.43. In addition, the Schuylerville girls team placed third overall, with a score of 91.5.

“I’m really excited about my finishes,” said Klingebiel. “It’s an honor to represent Schuylerville moving forward. I’m excited to go back to states and improve my finishes from last year.”

Klingebiel will compete in the state championship Feb. 24 and 25 at Bristol Mountain in Canandaigua.

SRYMCA/Saratoga Honda Youth Basketball Scores

JR DIVISION:
Cudney’s v. PBA
PBA-42: Bryant Savage -12, Stephon Lindsey-11

Cudney’s-35: Ben Van Valkenberg-12, Marcus Vary-10

Olsen Associates v. Blend Realty
Olsen’s-28:  Xavier Ruscio-14, Ethan Caldron-9

Blend Realty-9: Henry Errgu-3, Riley Baumiester-2, Eric Eckhardt-2, Robert Tucker-2

SR. DIVISION:
Spa Café v. Village Photoo   
Spa Café-61: Stephen Bebee-20, Everret Smith-18

Village Photo-52

Vahanian & Associates Financial Planning VS Pashley’s Construction
Pashley’s -45: Raymond Garcia-13, Quinn Frank-11

Vahanian’s-34: Paul Steves-15, Thomas Mauer-12

Thursday, 20 February 2020 11:19

AAU Hoop Spring League: Registration Now Open

• The Spring Instructional League begins in March and runs until June.
• The K/1 youth will play on the basketball hoops that are adjusted approximately two feet lower than the normal height. All other grade levels will play on the 10 foot rims.
• Players are also allowed to “play up” or “play down” a grade level for the Spring League if the schedule works better for the family (i.e., Pre-Kindergarten children can play at the Kindergarten level and 4th Grade can play at the 3rd Grade etc.)

The participant fee is $165 which covers the insurance, gym rental, equipment, Saratoga basketball trainers, league tee shirts, and trophies for all the kids. After filling out the registration form, you have the option of paying online with a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) or checking/debit account as well as mailing a personal check.

If you have any questions or want to get on the email list, please send correspondence to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

TUESDAY SCHEDULE

Kind./1st Grade Boys & Girls | 6 p.m. 
Starts March 24 at Lake Avenue & Dorothy Nolan 

2nd/3rd Grade Boys | 7 p.m. 
Starts March 24 at Lake Avenue & Dorothy Nolan  

 

WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE

4th/5th Grade Boys | 6 p.m. 
Starts March 25 at Lake Avenue & Dorothy Nolan 

6th/7th/8th Grade Boys | 7 p.m. 
Starts March 25 at Lake Avenue & Dorothy Nolan 

 

THURSDAY SCHEDULE

2nd/3rd Grade Girls | 6 p.m. 
Starts March 26 at Lake Avenue & Dorothy Nolan 

4th/5th Grade Girls | 7 p.m. 
Starts March 26 at Lake Avenue & Dorothy Nolan 

6th/7th/8th Grade Girls | 8 p.m. 
Starts March 26 at Lake Avenue & Dorothy Nolan 

GYM LOCATIONS
• Lake Avenue | 126 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs
• Dorothy Nolan | 221 Jones Rd, Saratoga Springs

Thursday, 20 February 2020 11:14

Ninja Lab World Championships

Ninja Labs Send Athletes to National Ninja League World Championships

MALTA — The Ninja Labs (Saratoga Ninja Lab in Malta and Albany Ninja Lab in Crossgates Commons) will be well represented at the National Ninja League World Championships in Greensboro, NC next week (February 21-32, 2020) when 18 ninjas from the Capital District will join competitors from all over the world to vie for the title of National Ninja League
World Champion.   

Each of the local youth ninjas, ranging in age from 7 to 15, along with three of the Saratoga Ninja Lab coaches (some of whom have competed on the hit show American Ninja Warrior), qualified for the World Championships by swinging, climbing, jumping and parkouring their way through various  NNL obstacle course competitions throughout the season, including one held at the Saratoga Ninja Lab back in December.  Many of the athletes not only qualified at these competitions, but many also podiumed at some of these events, finishing in the top three for their age divisions.

Inspired by NBC’s hit television show American Ninja Warrior, Saratoga Ninja Lab (saratoganinjalab.com) opened in August of 2018 and has taken the region by storm. Driven by its success, less than a year later a second location was opened in Crossgates Commons - Albany Ninja Lab (albanyninjalab.com). 

Ninja has become a new way to train and at the Ninja Labs, it’s understood that fitness should always be fun! 

The Ninja Labs also provide summer camps, birthday parties, and competition teams.

The National Ninja League (www.nationalninja.com) is a nonprofit formed by a collection of the nation’s top Ninja facilities.  Their goal is to promote the sport of Ninja obstacle courses across America and provide an opportunity for all ages to get more involved in this rapidly growing sport. 

For more information visit saratoganinjalab.com or albanyninjalab.com 

 

YOUTH ATHLETES

Joseph Barr Fort Plains
Keegan Daly Saratoga Springs
Lucas Davis Schaghticoke
Jason Hagglove Mechanicville
Annika Kilinski Ballston Spa
Jaazib Ismail Guilderland
Avery Mackenzie Albany
Jackson Mackenzie Albany
Ryder Mackenzie Albany
Jackson Marshall Clifton Park
Megan May Delmar
Peter Ruscetta Rensselaer
Sophia Salmon Saratoga Springs
Abby Snyder Scotia
Aiden Snyder Scotia

ADULT ATHLETES / COACHES

Emily Holmes Albany
Shelby Mack Heuvelton
Geoff Snyder Scotia

Thursday, 20 February 2020 11:12

Athlete of the Week: Eric Griskowitz

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Eric Griskowitz, a senior on the varsity wrestling squad at Saratoga Springs CSD has been wrestling since he was five-years-old after his dad, Greg, found him “climbing up the banisters” in his house.

“Then my dad just brought me to wrestling one day and I wrestled this kid named John Roux. I had no wrestling shoes, I was so nervous, but I went and it wasn’t too bad so I kept going back, although I didn’t want to continue at first,” Griskowitz continued.

And it’s a good thing for Saratoga Springs that he did decide to continue: Griskowitz recently placed first at 145 lbs. in the Section II Championships, securing his 200th win in his varsity career in one fell swoop. He will be competing in the State Champions in two weeks.

The last two and a half years has not been easy for him, though. 

First, he tore his ACL/Meniscus during wrestling his sophomore year and then his rotator cuff during lacrosse last season. For 14 months, he was out of sports and recuperating with PT.

“That transition from wrestling to lacrosse is hard. I’m a goalie, I need to gain my weight back, which I can do pretty fast. I’m in shape already which is pretty good, but it’s a hard transition because I’m already in the wrestling mindset and I haven’t picked up a lacrosse stick in months,” Griskowitz explained.

Despite the ACL/Meniscus injury, he forged on and managed to place in the second sectional that season. 

This year is his comeback.

This is his first year as a Section II champion, and the 20th to ever come from Saratoga Springs.

“It was my biggest goal this season,” he said.

“I was so happy, I walked up to the stands, gave my parents a hug, and then I started to get teary,” he laughed.

“After that, I came home and hung out with a couple of my closest friends and we ordered Domino’s and had some fun,” he stated.

“States is next. I’m hoping to place, I have no clue what seed I’ll be. Last year I was a 4-seed, which was shocking to me,” he continued.

A “seed” is when players and teams are “planted” into a bracket in a way that uses statistics so the “best of the best” do no meet until later in the competition.

The team consisted of a lot of freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, with only five seniors.

“It’ll be a great team, just won’t be big for a couple of years until they start developing and getting better. It’s a very individual sport so our team, I would say, struggled this year. We were a very young team and that definitely played a role in the lineup. There was a couple kids on our team that we had to rely on for wins and I was one of them. It put a lot of pressure on me but I still got it done a lot of the time,” Griskowitz said candidly.

Griskowitz did bounce from a few different weight categories this season but he did so with ease, barely losing any energy in the process.

“Basically, it’s two times working out a day. I have my practice and then I might go to the YMCA or for a run. Then, I cut back a lot on what I eat. I try not to eat anything that’s too unhealthy or as dense, that would cause me to gain a lot of weight,” he said, explaining his process.

His favorite foods when he isn’t wrestling? Bagels from Uncommon Grounds, yogurt, and sandwiches from the place his mom Gloria owns, Putnam Market.

He cites his father, Greg, as his biggest supporter and Patrick Egan.

“Pat was rooting for me all year. He knew exactly how many wins I had at every point in the season, just waiting for me to get to 200,” he said.

With his high school wrestling career coming to a close in two weeks, he took time to reflect on what his favorite part was: “Oh the victories, I love the victories. Making waves is always good but so is diving into my cooler and eating all the food,” he laughed, “but also the friendships I made along the way were insane.”

State Championships take place February 28 and 29 at the Times Union Center in Albany.

Good luck, Eric!

Thursday, 20 February 2020 11:07

SRYMCA Springettes Gymnastics Team

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Regional YMCA Springettes Gymnastics Team hosted five teams, with 240 gymnasts at the Wilton Branch for their Winter Invitational on February 8 and 9.   The teams that attended were the Glens Falls YMCA, The Cortland YMCA, the Watertown YMCA, the Oneonta YMCA and the Glow YMCA. 

The Springettes Recognized three graduating seniors at their final home meet of the year- Level 8’s:  Brynne Wright from Greenwich, and Camilla Greene and Kaylee Ferro from Saratoga.  All three girls have been on the Springettes gymnastics team for between 8-10 years.   

Overall the Springettes had 10 individual all-around winners including:  Katie Elder (level 7, junior age group), Erin Ward (level 5, senior age group), Katherine Woods (level 5, junior age group), Allison Fuller (level 4, junior age group), Paige Cassidy (level 4 youth age group), Lily McKinley (level 3 youth age group), Andi Schiffer (level 3, senior age group), Evelyn Dunn (level 2, junior age group), Amelia Covey (level 2 youth age group), and Alexandra Crombach (level 2, child age group). 

Three of the girls winning the all-around swept their age divisions winning all of the events and the all-around including Katie Elder, Paige Cassidy and Lily McKinley. 

The Springettes also had 47 individual event champions at the competition (winning vault, bars, beam or floor in their age group). 

 

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS TOP 6 FINISHERS:

Level 8 Senior: 
Brynne Wright finished 5th on vault, 4th on bars, 1st on beam, 1st on floor and 2nd all-around.  Camilla Greene placed 2nd on vault, 6th on bars, 3rd on beam, 2nd on floor and 4th all-around.  Kaylee Ferro placed 5th on floor. 

Level 7 Senior: 
Maggie Granger placed 2nd on vault, 4th on bars, 1st on beam, 4th on floor and 3rd all-around.  Brooke Giacchetta placed 4th on vault, 3rd on bars, 5th on beam, 2nd on floor and 4th all-around.   

Level 7 Junior:  
Katie Elder swept the age group with a 1st on vault, 1st on bars, 1st on beam, 1st on floor and 1st all-around.  Olivia Allen placed 3rd on vault, 3rd on bars, 3rd on beam, 3rd on floor and 2nd all-around.  Sydney Crombach placed 2nd on vault, 5th on bars, 2nd on beam, 2nd on floor and 3rd all-around.  Samantha Tennyson placed 5th on beam.

Level 6 Senior:  
Annie Munn placed 2nd on vault, 2nd on bars, 2nd on beam, 4th on floor and 2nd all-around. 

Level 6 Junior:  
Lia Mahar placed 1st on vault, 4th on bars, 4th on beam, 1st on floor and 3rd all-around.

Level 6 youth:  
Ava Peruffo placed 3rd on vault, 2nd on bars, 2nd on beam, 1st on floor and 3rd all-around. 

Level 5 Senior: 
Erin Ward placed 2nd on vault, 3rd on bars, 1st on beam, 1st on floor and 1st all-around.   Alyssa Glaser placed 3rd on vault, 2nd on bars, 2nd on beam, 2nd on floor and 2nd all-around.   Alexi Glaser placed 1st on vault, 1st on bars, 5th on beam, 3rd on floor and 3rd all-around.  Emily Bailey placed 5th on vault, 4th on bars, 4th on beam, 4th on floor and 4th all-around. 

Level 5 Junior:  
Katherine Woods placed 1st on vault, 3rd on bars, 2nd on beam, 1st on floor and 1st all-around.  Annabelle Schuck placed 3rd on vault, 4th on bars, 3rd on beam, 2nd on floor and 3rd all-around.  Adeline Ballou placed 4th on vault, 2nd on bars, 4th on beam, 3rd on floor and 4th all-around. 

Level 5 Youth: 
Hannah Carpenter placed 3rd on vault, 3rd on bars, 2nd on beam, 1st on floor and 2nd all-around.   

Level 4 Senior: 
Allison Fuller placed 1st on vault, 3rd on bars, 1st on beam, 6th on floor and 1st all-around.  Katie Henry placed 3rd on vault, 1st on bars, 4th on beam, 4th on floor and 2nd all-around.  Grace Agati placed 6th on vault, 6th on bars, 3rd on beam, 5th on floor and 5th all-around.  Aislin Noonan placed 4th on vault, 5th on bars, 1st on floor and 6th all around.  Madilynn Austin placed 4th on bars. 

Level 4 Junior: 
Meghan Lynch placed 2nd on vault, 3rd on bars, 4th on beam, 2nd on floor and 2nd all-around.  Gianna DiMaggio placed 5th on vault, 5th on bars, 2nd on beam, 3rd on floor and 3rd all-around.  Roisin Finnegan placed 4th on bars, 1st on beam, 6th on floor and 4th all-around.  Tessa Olechowski placed 6th on vault, 2nd on bars, 6th on beam, 4th on floor and 5th all-around. 

Level 4 Youth:  
Paige Cassidy swept 1st place on vault, bars, beam, floor and 1st in the all-around.  Elsie-Anna Williams placed 4th on vault, 3rd on bars, 2nd on beam, 2nd on floor and 2nd all-around.  Fiona Mulcahy placed 3rd on vault, 4th on bars, 3rd on beam, 5th on floor and 3rd all-around.  Alexis Britten placed 2nd on vault, 5th on bars, 5th on beam, 4th on floor and 5th all-around. 

Level 3 Senior: 
Andi Schiffer placed 1st on vault, 2nd on bars, 4th on beam, 2nd on floor and 1st all-around.  Juliet McCaughey placed 3rd on vault, 1st on bars, 6th on beam, 1st on floor and 2nd all-around.  Alexandra Endres placed 3rd on bars, 1st on beam, 3rd on floor and 3rd all-around.  Emma Gaidasz placed 4th on bars, 3rd on beam, and 5th all-around.  Julia Brobston placed 4th on vault, 5th on bars, 4th on floor and 5th all-around. 

Level 3 Junior A: 
Lola Ferrillo placed 1st on vault, 2nd on bars, 3rd on beam, 3rd on floor and 2nd all-around.  Madalynne Seguin placed 4th on beam, 5th on floor and 5th all-around.   Isabella Barrett placed 5th on beam, 6th on floor and 6th all-around. 

Level 3 Junior B: 
Emmi Shaw placed 6th on vault, 1st on bars, 3rd on beam, 2nd on floor and 2nd all-around.    

Level 3 Youth B:  
Leigha McCanney placed 5th on vault, 3rd on bars, 2nd on beam, 3rd on vault, and 3rd all-around. 

Level 3 Child A: 
Lily McKinley swept 1st place on vault, bars, beam, floor and 1st in the all-around.   

Level 3 Child B:  
Avaleigh Glaser placed 4th on vault, 1st on bars, 4th on beam, 3rd on vault and 2nd all-around. 

Level 2 Senior: 
Vivienne Whitney placed 2nd on vault 1st on bars, 3rd on beam, 3rd on floor and 2nd all-around.   Kaira Rawert placed 4th on vault, 3rd on bars, 2nd on beam, 1st on floor and 3rd all-around. 

Level 2 Junior A:  
Evelyn Dunn placed 2nd on vault, 2nd on bars, 1st on beam, 2nd on floor and 1st all-around. 

Level 2 Junior B:  
Amelia Covey placed 3rd on vault, 1st on bars, 1st on beam, 1st on floor and 1st all-around.  Carissa Doherty placed 1st on vault, 3rd on bars, 6th on beam, 2nd on floor and 2nd all-around.  Kendall Cicardi placed 6th on vault, 3rd on beam, 5th on floor and 6th all-around.  Virginia Kirchherr placed 5th on vault, 6th on bars,  and 3rd on floor. 

Level 2 Child: 
Alexandra Crombach placed 5th on vault, 1st on bars, 3rd on beam, 2nd on floor and 1st all-around.  Carson Cicardi placed 6th on bars, 1s ton beam, 1st on floor and 3rd all-around. 

Thursday, 20 February 2020 11:04

Maple Ave Kindness Closet

Maple Ave. Middle School staff and student council members involved in the opening/creation of the kindness closet. Photos by SuperSource Media, LLC.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On February 14, Maple Avenue Middle School opened their Kindness Closet. This is for students in need of clothing, school supplies, and other personal care items. All items were donated and collected by students. This is led by members of the Student Council and their advisors. This school-wide program is run on donations only. Everything is free for the students who need it.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Please consider supporting two local organizations and one local business on Leap of Kindness Day Saturday, February 29, 2020! Shop at Northshire Bookstore Saratoga on February 29 and March 1 to help support Saratoga Independent School and WellSpring.

When you mention Saratoga Independent School at checkout, Northshire will donate 20% of your total sale back to the school. Money raised at the Book Fair will go towards the school's Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is used to directly enhance and support the student experience at SIS. It is also used to support financial aid, equipment upgrades, teacher professional development opportunities, and enrichment and enhancements above and beyond what can be provided by tuition alone.

While at Northshire, consider purchasing books to donate to children in need. Many times, people leaving a domestic violence relationship are forced to leave behind many of their personal belongings. This can be extremely difficult, especially for their children. Having a new book allows families the opportunity to bond and momentarily escape from what is happening. Your support will help Wellspring clients in so many ways as they transition to safety and a new beginning.

Collection bins will be located at the register inside Northshire for the entire weekend.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — WSWHE BOCES Adult Literacy program will host Steps to Success, an event for adults, on Wednesday, February 26 and Thursday, March 5 at two local libraries. Program directors from Adult Literacy and Employment Training for Adults (ETA) departments will discuss the advantages of the programs and give insights into the High School Equivalency program, learning a skilled trade, as well as courses and programs to help adults advance their careers.

“Steps to Success provides an opportunity for individuals to explore pathways that can lead to sustained life changes. Whether it’s obtaining a high school equivalency diploma, or training for a new career, participants can learn about programs and courses that can help to create lasting and rewarding life changes,” says Turina M. Parker, Ed.D., Executive Director for Educational and Support Programs.

Join on either date or location: Wednesday, February 26 at 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, in the Dutcher Community Room.Thursday, March 5 at 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, in the Holden Room. Attendees should pre-register online at forms.gle/KsV8BXqfYs3y56d66.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs is proud to introduce Within Reach - a bold new tuition model that eliminates tuition barriers, guaranteeing inclusion, accessibility and transparency. The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs values diversity as a centerpiece for building a healthy community. Within Reach renews this commitment by adapting tuition to every unique financial situation.  For an instant estimate, visit  www.waldorfsaratoga.org/within-reach

Thursday, 20 February 2020 11:00

SUNY Empire Launches Empire Opportunity Program

SARATOGA SPRINGS — SUNY Empire State College announced the launch of its Empire Opportunity Program to provide targeted financial aid and enhanced academic support to open the doors to higher education for students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Unlike traditional Educational Opportunity Programs, SUNY Empire’s unique Empire Opportunity Program is open to students at all stages of life and learning to provide expanded access to college degrees for first-time entry students and returning adults alike. It also offers greater flexibility in supporting full-time or part-time study, allowing online, onsite, or blended study, and placing EOP students in a cohort of their peers to provide added support.

During its first academic year, 2020-21, the program will accept 60 students.

Participants will be able to study onsite at SUNY Empire’s Western New York campus in Buffalo – with additional locations to be added as the program expands – or online with SUNY Empire’s more than 110 online degrees and certificates, or through a blended learning approach. Whatever the mode of study, SUNY Empire EOP students will have dedicated academic support throughout their studies.

Dana Brown, academic advisor at SUNY Empire, was appointed director of SUNY Empire’s EOP. Director Brown will work with Tai Arnold, interim vice provost for Student Success, to implement programming and support that will ensure student success and strengthen retention. In coordination with SUNY Empire’s Chief Diversity Officer Elliott Dawes, the program will offer each SUNY Empire EOP student the opportunity to work with professionals and faculty around the college who will provide support, encouragement, and guidance for their undergraduate studies and beyond.

SUNY Empire EOP will offer the following benefits to participants:
• Targeted and ongoing financial assistance, such as stipends for full-time and part-time students to help with the overall cost of attendance.
• Enhanced additional academic support services from professional and peer tutors who work exclusively with Empire Opportunity Program students. 
• A dedicated student success mentor to provide guidance from enrollment through commencement. 
• Summer Orientation with workshops on topics like individualized degree planning and strategies for effective communication to prepare for success in college. 
• Specialized year-round EOP workshops on topics ranging from resume writing to self-marketing on social media. 
• Early Degree Planning to help students meet their personal, professional, and academic goals. 

“I could think of no better way to honor the legacy of Buffalo’s Arthur O. Eve, former New York Assemblyman and Deputy Speaker of New York State’s Assembly — a leader who tirelessly fought for the implementation of the Educational Opportunity Program — than to build on his legacy by creating an enhanced Empire Opportunity Program in Buffalo at SUNY Empire State College,” said SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras. 

“I’d like to thank Director Dana Brown and the staff and faculty at SUNY Empire for bringing this program to life, and I look forward to the difference it will make for hardworking New Yorkers in the years to come,” Malatras continued.

“Education is the great equalizer in our society,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. 

“Expanding the State’s efforts to help more students earn an advanced degree is an investment in our future. The Senate Majority has worked tirelessly to invest in education opportunities and help more New Yorkers unleash their full potential, and the Empire Opportunity Program will help advance that goal,” she continued.

“Education is a critical rung in the ladder of success, building a strong middle class and improving lives,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said. 

“I have been a supporter of the EOP program since my own college experience and have made programs like this a priority since becoming Speaker. This expansion to SUNY Empire will make it easier for New York’s students to get the education and support they need in the manner that best suits their lives - whether that’s on a campus, online or a combination of the two. As we look to the 2020-2021 budget, the Assembly Majority will continue fighting for programs like EOP that put college within reach for all New Yorkers,” Heastie stated.

“I commend SUNY Empire for recognizing the need to expand access to financial assistance to the students from disadvantaged communities in Buffalo and across New York state,” said Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes.

“Our students are determined to get their degree, and bring that perseverance to the workforce,” said Peoples-Stokes. 

“New York’s Educational Opportunity Programs, coupled with New York State’s student financial aid programs, have long helped to ensure that students who are economically and educationally disadvantaged succeed in college,” said New York State Higher Education Services Corporation President Dr. Guillermo Linares. 

“With the changing demographics of today’s college student, SUNY Empire State College’s new program will provide the same successful opportunities to the growing population of adult student learners and students at all stages of life,” Linares continued.

“On behalf of my family, I thank President Malatras for instituting the program at SUNY Empire State College for students at all stages of life,” said Leecia Eve, daughter of Arthur O. Eve. 

“As the Educational Opportunity Programs celebrate the achievements of the past fifty years, we pause to reflect on these past successes and look forward to the future of these life-changing programs that started when my father, former Deputy Speaker Arthur O. Eve, developed the appropriations bill that gave birth to the programs that have transformed countless lives and communities for generations,” Eve said.

“SUNY Empire’s new EOP initiative will put a college degree within reach for many New Yorkers, especially adults and returning students, who may have thought a higher education was impossible,” said Director Dana Brown. “This is an important step toward achieving the full promise of higher education as a path to a better life for all, not just some,” Eve declared.

The program is supported entirely by SUNY Empire State College with assistance from the Empire State College Foundation.

To be eligible for the Empire Opportunity Program at SUNY Empire, applicants must be a New York state resident for 12 months prior to enrollment and meet the program’s academic and financial eligibility requirements. Learn more at esc.edu/eop.


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