ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. David Paterson and key Assembly members are trying to negotiate a compromise that would give public universities more autonomy, including the ability to raise tuition without the Legislature's approval.
But no deal was struck in a nearly two-hour closed door meeting with State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.
The leading black and Hispanic legislators in the meeting emphasized their concern that poor and racial minority students would be hurt in the effort to help SUNY's university centers reach the nation's top academic levels.
Three Democratic senators are tying approval of the higher education proposal to final passage of the state budget that's been overdue since April 1.
The Legislature adjourned an extraordinary session Thursday without taking action.
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