The governor of New York, George Pataki, announced today that the state will provide free college education for the spouses and children of everyone who was killed in the disaster last Tuesday. I couldn’t be more proud of my state right now; I have nothing but respect for the way that Giuliani and Pataki have handled everything here over the past week.


Yes, Guiliani in particular has been outstanding. I hope that whomever is elected in November appoints him to help (or head) the clean up and recovery effort.

This talk of extending Guiliani’s term is just downright silly.

• Posted by: James Spahr on Sep 19, 2001, 12:50 PM

Jason, that is totally awesome! I was wondering why one of the major corporations with gigabucks in the bank, MS springs to mind, didn’t step forward with that one, but it’s fantastic that Pataki took care of it. It’s great to be part of a country that includes the state of New York, you folks are incredible…Dave.

• Posted by: dave dobbs on Sep 19, 2001, 1:54 PM

Note this, though: “The benefit would apply to spouses, children and stepchildren of victims, he said, and covers university costs at state or city schools or any private college or university in the state.” In other words, if you wish to go to college *in New York,* you’re set — otherwise, ante up. Pretty shrewd, to keep people here… :)

(Mind, I went to school at Marist, in Poughkeepsie, NY — I think New York colleges, in general, are pretty damned good.)

• Posted by: Roe on Sep 19, 2001, 10:28 PM

Actually that’s better a better deal than the news first reported. News 4 (NBC) reported that the tuition would be covered at SUNY schools. Now the NY private schools are in the mix … wow, that is outstanding. Bravo.

Columbia, NYU, Cornell, Syracuse, Vassar…

• Posted by: James Spahr on Sep 19, 2001, 11:02 PM
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