Dear Friends:

I am pleased to join you in welcoming the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York (CUNY) to the Board’s annual Manhattan Borough Hearing.

The CUNY system has distinguished itself over the decades by providing opportunities to New Yorkers of every race and ethnicity and from all walks of life. Since the founding of the Free Academy in 1847, CUNY has been a notable incubator for immigrant talent, championing equal education opportunities for members of the diverse communities that make up our city. Most CUNY graduates remain in our city, serving the needs of an evolving economy while strengthening workforce diversity.

I am proud of the 11 CUNY schools in the Borough of Manhattan. My office has a close relationship with CUNY, especially the CUNY interns and fellows whose work in my office greatly benefits the borough.

CUNY is also personally important to me, as I co-teach a public policy course at Hunter College each year with former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger, a beloved mentor of mine.

I look forward to working with CUNY and Interim Chancellor Vita C. Rabinowitz in the coming year to expand educational opportunities for Manhattan residents.

Sincerely,

Gale A. Brewer
Manhattan Borough President

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