State colleges to receive $2.5 million to combat underage drinking, drug use

The University of Buffalo is one of 20 SUNY and CUNY colleges statewide.

ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) – 20 SUNY and CUNY college campuses will receive a total of $2.5 million to combat drug use and underage drinking, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced Monday.

The funding will support the creation of campus community coalitions and foster community partnerships to help local prevention efforts. The efforts will be targeted at students 18 to 24 years old.

Each college selected will receive up to $125,000 annually for five years. The first period will begin on July 1 and end June 30, 2022.

The following campuses will receive funding:

  • University of Buffalo, Erie County
  • State University of New York at Buffalo State, Erie County
  • State University of New York at New Paltz, Ulster County
  • Stony Brook University, Suffolk County
  • State University of New York at Albany, Albany County
  • Purchase College SUNY, Westchester County
  • College of Staten Island, Richmond County
  • College at Brockport, Monroe County
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College, Tompkins/Cortland Counties
  • State University of New York College at Cortland, Cortland County
  • Herkimer College, Herkimer County
  • Binghamton University, Broome County
  • Onondaga Community College, Onondaga County
  • Suffolk Community College, Suffolk County
  • Farmingdale State College, Suffolk County
  • John Jay College, New York County
  • Baruch College, New York County
  • The City College of New York, New York County
  • Lehman College, Bronx County
  • State University of New York at Geneseo, Livingston County

The programs developed by the college will also aim to reduce alcohol and drug access and availability on campus and in the surrounding community, to change attitudes that support college underage drinking and drug use including prescription drug misuse, and providing Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment services to students as appropriate. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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