Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.

It is with great pleasure that I welcome the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York (CUNY) to the Bronx for its borough hearing this month.

I know firsthand of the importance of the CUNY system having received degrees from both LaGuardia Community College and Lehman College. The CUNY system not only provided me the academic access to progress but also exposed me to a rich diversity of people and cultures whose profound impact on me has endured until present day. As a History Major at LaGuardia, I learned a tremendous amount about world cultures not only from the professors who taught me but from my classmates who came from all over the world.

When I was elected to the State Assembly in 1996, I understood very clearly that we not only needed to restore critical funding back to CUNY but we also had to continue to invest in CUNY. I understood from my own personal experience that funding programs such as TAP and SEEK would allow more men and women to access the opportunities that my CUNY education had opened up for me.

As an Assembly member I served on the CUNY Capital Board of Trustees and fought tirelessly to ensure that CUNY Colleges received the resources and funding necessary to continue to provide an excellent education to all of their students.

I look forward to continuing to work with Chancellor Matthew Goldstein and the entire Board of Trustees to ensure that the residents of the Bronx continue to have access to some of the finest learning institutions this country has to offer.  The CUNY system most definitely provides that opportunity for all.