Monday night the student assembly of the State University of New York held a Town Hall Meeting at SUNY Oneonta led by President Thomas Mastro. The evening with began with a presentation to Oneonta students about the progress SUNYSA has made over the last few months in the areas of advocacy, equity and inclusion, sustainability, and campus safety.


President Mastro, accompanied by Chief of Staff Marc Cohen, Treasurer Jessica Accardi, Director of Legislative Affairs Nicholas Simons, and Representative Anthony Cucci, proceeded to then answer questions posed by student attendees. To begin, the questions were centered around resolutions passed by SUNYSA regarding Ridesharing and Unpaid Internships. President Mastro was then asked to outline NY-SUNY 2020 and the organization’s caveats regarding Predictable Tuition. Other students inquired about critical issues such as the evaluation of professors on campuses, Governor Cuomo’s ‘Get On Your Feet’ student loan forgiveness program, and student loan interest rates. The evening concluded with a few questions regarding SUNY’s DC Advocacy Day and the federal issues that SUNYSA would be addressing during that trip.


These town hall meetings provide invaluable insight into the issues students really value,” said President Thomas D. Mastro. “SUNY Oneonta is home to some of our best and brightest students, and I’m grateful they took the time to come out and talk with me this evening.”


The town hall was attended by about 50 student leaders as well as the campus President.


We enjoyed having Tom come and speak with some of our students on campus,” said Kai Malik, President of the Oneonta’s Student Association. “Issues such as tuition, faculty performance, and financial aid are paramount to the student experience, and we had some great dialogue which I look forward to continuing with Tom and his team in the coming weeks and months.”