Continuing a well-documented crusade against substance abuse and addiction within the borders of the empire state, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has recently pledged additional financial resource to combat alcohol abuse 20 of the state’s colleges. The administration has made $2.5 million to 20 SUNY & CUNY schools to establish programs aimed at preventing underage drinking and substance use on campus. This comes on the heels of the Governor’s recent approval of sweeping legislation to prevent opioid and heroin overdose in New York, a problem that is consuming an increasingly large portion of Long Island and other areas of New York.
The Governor bemoaned New York’s legacy of “reckless behavior, bad decisions and life-altering consequences” that come with underage drinking and announced that each aforementioned campus will receive $125,000 annually for the next five years. Suffolk and Nassau Counties are two of the most notorious areas in New York for drunk-driving accidents and fatalities. Funds will be made available through a Request for Applications process administered through the NYS OASAS. The funds allocate resources to a problem that’s become increasingly overlooked in the wake of New York State’s drug addiction explosion, and they provide valuable resources to improve safety and quality of life to vulnerable populations.
Alcohol-fueled crime is also an all-too-frequent reality on New York’s various public and private college campuses and universities. This initiative complements Governor Cuomo’s commitment to addressing sexual assault on college campuses through the State’s Enough is Enough campaign to combat sexual assault on private college campuses across the state, announced in 2015. This campaign codified protocols already adopted by the SUNY system through the Sexual Violence Victim/Survivor Bill of Rights and Uniform Definition of Consent.