State announces $2.5m to combat underage drinking on College campuses

Posted at 2:01 PM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-28 14:01:22-05

New York is stepping up its fight against underage drinking on college campuses.

The state announced Monday that $2.5 million is now available for 20 SUNY and CUNY schools to establish programs aimed at preventing underage drinking and substance abuse on campus.

With the money, each grant recipient will develop a campus community coalition and foster community partnerships to help strengthen local prevention efforts.

"Time after time, we have seen the reckless behavior, and bad decisions with often life-altering consequences that come with underage drinking," Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "This funding will build on our progress to prevent senseless tragedies and equip students with vital knowledge to curb underage and binge drinking, and provide critical services to those at risk for addiction." 

Each awarded college will receive $125,000 annually for five years. The funding will be made available through a Request for Applications administered by NYS OASAS