Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Tax-Free NY initiative was endorsed Thursday by the executive board of the State University of New York Student Assembly.

SUNY SA President Tremayne Price said Tax-Free NY could help provide jobs to students graduating from SUNY colleges and universities. 

"The governor's plan to attract businesses to SUNY campuses across the state will ensure that the system's half a million students have expanded employment opportunities while enrolled in college and following graduation," Price said in a statement. "The benefits of having world-class companies located on campus or next door are numerous and on behalf of all students, we are proud to support this innovative initiative."

The Tax-Free NY plan would create tax-free zones on and around SUNY campuses throughout upstate New York. The proposal is supported by several elected officials, including Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney. 

Cuomo has made Tax-Free NY a major priority as the state Legislature enters the final month of the 2013 legislative session. He has made several trips to upstate to tout the proposal, including presentations in four upstate cities Thursday.

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