SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University President Wayne J. Riley, M.D., Reacts to Governor Cuomo’s 2020 State of the State Address

By Office of Communications & Marketing | Jan 9, 2020

MEDIA CONTACT: John Gillespie | | (718)270-2262

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (January 9, 2020)

“On behalf of Downstate Health Sciences University, it is my honor to express our strong support for Governor Cuomo’s programs announced yesterday during his 2020 State of the State Address. These programs will greatly benefit our students, patients, the community of Brooklyn, and the entire state. 

“As an academic medical center dedicated to attracting economically disadvantaged and underrepresented students into healthcare professions, we could not be more thrilled at the Governor’s proposal to expand the Excelsior Scholarship program, as well as his commitment to expand opportunities in higher education.

“Additionally, the Governor’s proposal to convene a Medicaid Redesign Team is critical to meeting the healthcare needs of our citizens, as are his proposals to provide additional protections for patients.

“We are proud to work with the Governor to advance his agenda and serving citizens in the great state of New York. We look forward to a brighter future for all of our constituents as the Governor’s proposals become reality.”



About SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is the borough’s only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care, and is a 342-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of New York City, and Brooklyn’s 2.6 million residents. University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) is Downstate’s teaching hospital, backed by the expertise of an outstanding medical school and the research facilities of a world-class academic center. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate's staff.

A regional center for cardiac care, neonatal and high-risk infant services, pediatric dialysis, and transplantation, Downstate also houses a major learning center for children with physical ailments or neurological disorders. In addition to UHB, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @sunydownstate.