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"Winter Weather Advisory" ...Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect from 4 PM this afternoon to 4 am EST Sunday... * what...mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of one to three inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze expected. * Where...portions of southeast New York. * When...from 4 PM this afternoon to 4 am EST Sunday. * Additional details...plan on slippery Road conditions. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. Check local Department of Transportation information services for the latest Road conditions. , "Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal flood advisory in effect from 6 am to 1 PM EST Sunday... The National Weather Service in New York NY has issued a coastal flood advisory, which is in effect from 6 am to 1 PM EST Sunday. * Locations...vulnerable coastal locations along Long Island Sound, the East River, Peconic and gardiners bays. * Tidal departure...around 2 ft above astronomical tides. * Coastal flood impacts...there is a low threat of property damage. Shallow flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the Waterfront and shoreline. Expect around 1 to 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. Some roads and low lying property including parking lots, Parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the Waterfront will experience shallow flooding. * Timing...around the times of high tide Sunday morning. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal flood advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. Time of high total tides are approximate to the nearest hour. Bridgeport CT MLLW categories - minor 8.9 ft, moderate 10.4 ft, major 11.4 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.6 ft, moderate 3.1 ft, major 4.1 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 9.7/10.2 2.3/ 2.8 1.7/ 2.2 1-2 minor Stamford CT MLLW categories - minor 9.4 ft, moderate 11.0 ft, major 12.4 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.5 ft, moderate 3.1 ft, major 4.5 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 10.3/10.8 2.3/ 2.8 1.8/ 2.2 ~2 minor New Haven CT MLLW categories - minor 8.6 ft, moderate 9.2 ft, major 10.5 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.5 ft, major 3.8 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 9.0/ 9.5 2.2/ 2.7 1.8/ 2.2 1-2 min-mod New London CT MLLW categories - minor 5.0 ft, moderate 6.0 ft, major 7.8 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.9 ft, major 4.7 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/08 am 4.9/ 5.4 1.8/ 2.2 1.5/ 2.0 1-2 minor Kings Point NY MLLW categories - minor 10.0 ft, moderate 10.5 ft, major 13.0 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.2 ft, moderate 2.7 ft, major 5.2 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 10.3/10.8 2.5/ 3.0 1.6/ 2.0 1-2 min-mod Old Field NY MLLW categories - minor 9.2 ft, moderate 10.2 ft, major 12.2 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.9 ft, major 4.9 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 9.8/10.3 2.5/ 3.0 1.9/ 2.3 2-3 minor Glen Cove NY MLLW categories - minor 10.1 ft, moderate 11.1 ft, major 13.1 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.2 ft, moderate 3.2 ft, major 5.2 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 10.3/10.8 2.3/ 2.8 1.5/ 2.0 ~2 minor Riverhead NY MLLW categories - minor 5.6 ft, moderate 6.3 ft, major 7.1 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.3 ft, moderate 3.0 ft, major 3.8 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/11 am 5.6/ 6.1 2.2/ 2.7 1.9/ 2.3 ~1 minor Orient Point NY MLLW categories - minor 4.7 ft, moderate 5.7 ft, major 6.7 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.9 ft, major 3.9 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/09 am 4.9/ 5.4 2.1/ 2.6 1.6/ 2.0 ~1 minor -- Saturday Jan.19 19,11:49 AM

Governor Cuomo Announces $8 Million For Open Educational Resources Initiative At SUNY And CUNY To Cut High Cost Of Textbooks

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Second Round of Funding for OER to be Split Between SUNY and CUNY.

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Albany, NY - May 16, 2018 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $8 million has been allocated for the Open Educational Resources Initiative at SUNY and CUNY, cutting the high cost of textbooks for students. For the second year in a row, the Governor is providing the Open Educational Resources funding to SUNY and CUNY, where book costs totaling as much as $1,200 a year can be prohibitive for students. OER offers freely available, high-quality books and other materials that can be downloaded, edited and shared.
 
"Higher education is a necessity for a middle class future, yet the rising costs of educational resources make it difficult for many students," Governor Cuomo said. "Through programs like the Excelsior Scholarship, the first-in-the-nation free college tuition program for students at SUNY and CUNY, and the OER initiative, we are providing important financial relief for many of our students and families, helping to make quality higher education accessible for all New Yorkers."
 
Through Open Educational Resources, New York State's public universities are changing the tools—and costs—of higher education in New York:
 
  • In the current academic year, OER has replaced textbooks in more than 4,000 course sections with enrollments totaling nearly 100,000 students, saving more than a combined total of $12.3 million.
  • The second year of state funding will expand the reach of OER to nearly 8,000 additional course sections with enrollments totaling 175,000 students.
  • By the end of the Spring 2019 semester, the initiative will have covered 260,000 students for a total savings of more than $28 million.
"Every person should have the opportunity to pursue higher education without the burden of high costs for tuition and resources needed in the classroom," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We're committed to making college more affordable for students and their families. This funding will continue to provide financial relief and give students the tools they need to succeed in college and beyond."
 
SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson said, "The use of OER throughout SUNY holds the promise of significant financial savings for our students while also empowering our faculty to provide a more individualized student experience with customizable content. Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, we continue to make college more accessible and affordable. SUNY is excited about the opportunity this tool represents for students and faculty throughout the state. Thank you to the librarians and staff throughout SUNY and CUNY who have made this important project a reality."
 
William C. Thompson, Jr., chairperson of the CUNY Board of Trustees, said, "Forty percent of CUNY's students come from households with annual incomes of less than $20,000.  Spending $1,200 a year on books is simply not an option for them. Studies have shown that students choose not to register for courses with high textbook and materials costs and, as a result, may not pursue majors like the sciences that require expensive texts.  The Governor's continued investment in OER provides a critical support to economically disadvantaged students and removes a longstanding barrier to access, equity and excellence in higher education."
 
CUNY and SUNY have worked both collaboratively and separately to develop and implement the OER initiative as an element of the state's broad efforts to make public higher education in the state more affordable. The two university systems recently launched a joint website, Open.NYS, to assist faculty, librarians and instructional designers in making the switch to cost-free books and materials. Created with funding from the FY 2018 state budget, the site is designed to support Governor Cuomo's call for greater college affordability, providing a one-stop resource for educators who are switching to open resources that they can customize for their students.