President's Corner

The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) is in the infrastructure business. We finance, design, develop and construct social infrastructure for higher education and health care institutions throughout New York State. Governor Andrew Cuomo has made it a priority to invest in infrastructure as it is key to creating good jobs and the foundation for a strong economy.
Thank you to Deborah Stendardi for the warm introduction, and everyone at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) for hosting this event. It is good to be here. DASNY has a long history with this institution. We have issued nearly 600 million dollars in bonds on behalf of RIT over the course of our decades-long partnership with more to come. Thank you, Dr. James Watters, for your assistance over the years in helping so many of those transactions cross the finish line.
It is a pleasure to be here this morning representing the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), which serves as the bridge between New York State and its colleges and universities as their financier and builder. We are in the infrastructure business – financing, designing, developing, and constructing social infrastructure for higher education and health care institutions. These include scientific and medical laboratories, life science centers, residence halls, and libraries.
This administration is focused on change and creating opportunity, and we are working closely with the State to provide infrastructure solutions and help improve the lives of New Yorkers. We are DASNY and we are in the business of infrastructure. We finance, design develop, and construct the most important projects for public and private health care and higher education institutions throughout New York State.
This is an exciting time to partner with New York State. The State is taking bold steps towards equal opportunity, and DASNY takes pride in advancing an agenda that empowers women and minorities; and values disabled veteran business owners who have served our great country. We are here today first and foremost because of the example Governor Cuomo has set – it is his 30 percent MWBE participation rate benchmark on all state contracts that we are proud to say at DASNY we have not only proven we can meet, but we will exceed it.
Since day one, when the Governor asked me to come to DASNY and take on this responsibility, I did not see this as a job. I left a job. This was a mission; this is a mission. And I am grateful every day for this incredible opportunity to serve the extraordinary State of New York. The State is taking bold steps towards equal opportunity, and DASNY takes pride in advancing an agenda that empowers women and minorities; and values disabled business owners who have served our great country.

You can listen Dr. Bushell's interview with Andrew Coen on The Bond Buyer's website. Full transcript below: 

I am proud to partner with a group dedicated to promoting, supporting and advancing women in construction. As President and CEO of one of the largest issuers of low-cost, tax-exempt bonds in the nation and one of its biggest public builders, I also take pride in being part of the initiative that is driving New York State towards advancing the women’s agenda. DASNY is New York’s developer.

The holiday season always provides moments to reflect on what has been accomplished throughout the year, as well as opportunities to look ahead to what is to come.
I know each and every one of you is very busy. There is an enormous amount of work taking place right here in New York City. Much of it is the result of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s historic investment in infrastructure. DASNY is proud to support these important projects. They are essential to maintaining the stature, attractiveness and competitiveness of our city and our state. They are also major investments in our state’s infrastructure that are essential to the futures of our preeminent public and private colleges and universities.