Sean Ryan Responds to Governor's Push for Inmate Higher Education

February 19, 2014 Updated Feb 19, 2014 at 6:39 PM EDT

By WKBW News

February 19, 2014 Updated Feb 19, 2014 at 6:39 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) Should the state act in favor of Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to provide a college education for inmates?

State Assemblyman, Sean Ryan (D) 149th District, says that he'll need more information on the cost of the program before he makes a decision to back the governor or not.

Sunday Cuomo called for the state to provide higher education for those locked up at ten prisons across New York.

"Back when George Pataki was governor, inmates had access to Pell Grants and TAP. We had very vibrant programs going on," said Ryan.

"At some point there in the 90's they cut all that out. We do have a problem with recidivism, a lot of people leave prison and come in. Back when they were doing the community college program in prison, they had really good results with it so we have to see what it is. We always have to be very mindful of the budget."

State Senator Mark Grisanti has already reached his goal of 1000 signatures on a petition to stop the governor's plan.