Blog posts last week reported on financial and administrative issues at Erie Community College as well as the contract between Erie Community College and Canisius College for the provision of ECC student housing at Canisius. Today’s post concludes this series of reports by examining the use of expense accounts by senior management at ECC.
That spending is significant even while it is proportionally one of the smaller expense items at the College. Its significance speaks to the approach of the school’s leadership to their fiduciary responsibilities. College revenues, regardless of the expense category, come from the collective pockets of the students as well as county, state and federal taxpayers. Continue reading
Tuesday’s post reported on issues related to developing financial problems at Erie Community College. Today’s post explores an issue that the College is touting as a win for the school: the contract with Canisius College for the provision of student housing at Canisius for ECC students.
The two schools see the agreement as a win-win proposition. ECC would have dorm rooms available for some of its students, while Canisius, which has empty dorm rooms because of declining enrollment, would receive some much-needed revenue. Here’s part of the announcement of the deal as reported on the Canisius website on June 6th: Continue reading
Over the years Erie Community College (ECC) has had its share of ups and downs as the institution navigates the waters of higher education. The school plays a vital role in training both young and not-so-young men and women for careers or to prepare them for continuing their education at a higher level.
There are 16 institutions of higher education in Western New York. Except for SUNY at Buffalo, the local colleges all pretty much depend on local high school graduates to fill their classrooms. Unfortunately the number of high school graduates has been diminishing and the trend is expected to continue. Continue reading
Candidates in the September 13th primary elections were required to file campaign financial reports on August 13th for transactions and receipts through August 9th. That is four weeks beyond the last reports.
Here’s a summary of what the candidates raised and spent during that four week period, and what they had left in their accounts as of August 9th: Continue reading
Last week’s indictment of 27th District Congressman Chris Collins and others on insider trading charges has encouraged another look at the possible competitiveness of a district that has been the most overwhelming Republican one in New York State. National House race political gurus have moved their reviews of the district from strong Republican to leaning Republican. That’s not a major shift thus far, but the consensus appears to be that Democratic candidate Nate McMurray’s chances have improved from where they stood just ten days ago. Continue reading
In light of today’s indictment of Chris Collins, his son and his son’s future father-in-law, I thought I would offer some historical perspective by re-publishing a post about Collins that first appeared here in July 2017. A link to that post follows.
Some other thoughts:
- How does all this fit into the character of a man who prides himself on being an Eagle Scout?
- Does Collins’ press conference today in New York City count as some sort of public event that he has so aggressively avoided with his constituents?
- For the Republicans so eager to pile on to Albany corruption, where is the outrage about Collins?
- The line-up for a Republican replacement candidate is already forming: State Senator Pat Gallivan; Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw; radio host David Bellavia. There will be more.
- Finally, at the end of the linked 2017 post there are comments about how offended Collins was as Louise Slaughter went after him about his stock-trading activities. Somewhere today, Louise is smiling.
Donald Trump is obsessed with obliterating the legacy of Barack Obama’s presidency in every manner possible. That includes the national health care program known as Obamacare. Much of the Obama-obsession seems personal, but the consequences of Trump’s efforts to eliminate or radically change Obamacare will have a far-reaching, long-term effect on the health and well-being of millions of Americans.
Some folks in this country seem to feel that everyone should be on their own as far acquiring health insurance is concerned. I’ve got mine, good luck getting yours. Continue reading