SUNY Cobleskill mascot Coby T. Tiger took a break from his busy schedule on Tuesday, March 8 to join SUNY Cobleskill students and members from the ranks of the faculty and professional staff of the SUNY Cobleskill Chapter of University United Professionals (UUP) Local to head to the state capital in Albany, N.Y. and lobby lawmakers as part of the union’s Tech Sector Advocacy Day.
The UUP Advocacy Day program is a coordinated effort to give students and UUP members the opportunity to press lawmakers for support regarding issues that are crucial to the Tech Sector Campuses. As part of the advocacy day program Cobleskill students made presentations to lawmakers and their staffs demonstrating programs and initiatives going on at the college and their positive impact on the state’s economic health.
While at the capital Coby T. had the opportunity to meet with and lobby local representatives: State Senator James Seward and Fighting Tiger alumnus Assemblyman Peter Lopez as well as college alumnus Christina Layne Nowak a member of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s staff.
“Our college is involved in many academic programs and research projects that have great value to New York State and I just wanted to do my part to show our elected officials what an important role that SUNY Cobleskill plays in the state’s economic health,” said Coby T. “On a personal level it was also nice to reconnect with Assemblyman Lopez and Christina Layne Nowak again and to see how much of an impact that our alumni are having in state government these days.”
As to his message for all of the lawmakers he met during his time in Albany, Coby T. was brief and to the point.
“I told them that given all that we are doing as an institution for the people of New York State that it was important that they step up and fight for the Fighting Tigers in terms of funding and resources.”