Baruch's Assembly Members Secure State Capital Funds for 17 Lexington Building
Baruch College Assembly representatives Brian Kavanagh and Richard N. Gottfried joined forces to sign on with Baruch College alumni legislators in a joint letter that successfully advocated for the designation of a $30 million capital grant in the SFY 2015 budget for the renovation of our Lawrence and Eris Field Building at 17 Lexington Avenue.
Assemblyman Kavanagh, who represents the site of the Field Building, advocated strongly for the allocation and even reached out to members in the State Senate Majority Coalition to help gain the bicameral support necessary to make the grant possible. Baruch’s Assembly representatives were joined by College alumni in their support including Assembly Members: Carl Heastie (D-Bronx), J. Gary Pretlow (D-MT. Vernon), Francisco Moya (D-Queens), and Ronald Kim (D-Queens). Baruch’s State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Higher Education Chair Deborah Glick also championed the request, along with alumnus State Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn). State Senator Martin J. Golden, (R-Brooklyn) also supported capital funding for Baruch and the entire City University of New York.
Assembly member Kavanagh said, “I am as committed as ever to ensuring that Baruch has the facilities to provide a top-level 21st Century educational experience for the school’s talented and diverse students. It was a pleasure to work with President Wallerstein and all my colleagues in the legislature – several of whom are Baruch alumni – to make sure this building is not only an important part of the college’s history but also a vital part of its future.”
Assembly member Richard N. Gottfried added, “I am glad the Assembly was able to help Baruch modernize the Field building and bring it up to modern standards,” Baruch College is a successful, model institution, but the Field Building has not been a model building. Now it can be.”
Dr. Mitchel B. Wallerstein, President of Baruch College, said, “Baruch College is extremely grateful to Assembly members Kavanagh and Gottfried, and State Senator Krueger for their sustained leadership over a number of years and for partnering with their fellow Assembly Members and State Senators to successfully allocate this $30 million capital grant to Baruch College. This funding in the state budget will enable Baruch College to renovate the Lawrence and Eris Field Building at 17 Lexington Avenue. This capital grant will help ensure that the campus’s historic original building, which was the site of The Free Academy built in 1847 and from which CUNY traces its roots, will be brought up to 21st Century standards. Thanks to our legislators, this building will serve the College and the local community for many years to come.”