Updated: 01/17/2014 5:43 PM
Created: 01/17/2014 4:04 PM WNYT.com
By: Bill Lambdin
ALBANY - If Subrina Williams enrolls in Schenectady County Community College, Albany County taxpayers will have to fork over one thousand one hundred 70 dollars per semester to SCCC. It's part of the education law.
If Carolyn Casner signs up for classes at Hudson Valley, Albany County taxpayers will have to kick in 24-hundred and 90 dollars a semester.
Those costs have been going up for Albany County, even while Rensselaer County does not face similar increases at its own college.
Developing a Albany option to reduce the number of county residents going elsewhere is one of the reasons the deal was made.
"We said we can't continue to do business the way we've been doing it," Albany County Executive Dan McCoy said a year ago while announcing the arrangement. "Things have to change."
County Executive McCoy has given up his office for the cause.
A year ago he was ensconced in this second floor corner location overlooking State Street.
Now it is classroom space, awaiting up to 350 Schenectady County Community College students when classes start Tuesday.
"This is so close that I can walk," prospective student Carolyn Casner said while waiting to sign up for classes.
A spokeswoman says Albany County spent 1.1 million dollars converting the space into college ready square footage. SCCC will pay 151-thousand dollars a year to rent it.
Over the course of time, Albany County decision makers do expect the downtown Albany option will help reduce the mandatory out-of-county student payments, especially to the higher priced Hudson Valley Community College.