Meet The Candidates Running For The 45th Council District
The 26-year-old is the youngest candidate in the 11-person race. As a young community organizer, he first started advocating for fairer higher education. As a student he fought against tuition hikes at CUNY and advocated for more capital funding. He graduated from City Tech, a CUNY school, in 2017 where he received a bachelors in Architectural Technology.
CUNY Students Rally Demanding Proper Funding for CUNY
Hercules Reid recounted his time as a CUNY student advocate. “Very often the narrative is that students go to CUNY for free, very often the narrative also leaves out that these same students are food insecure, they lack mental health services, they do not receive financial aid, and they are homeless. Throughout the six years that I was a CUNY student and advocate, tuition hikes and budget cuts have been more reliable than the officials I spoke to.
CUNY students blast Cuomo over tuition increase
"Since 2011, tuition has gone up over 35 percent," said Hercules Reid, vice chairman of legislative affairs for the CUNY University Student Senate, at a rally outside Cuomo's Manhattan office Thursday morning. "How much more can students bear? You're running for another term claiming to be a friend of students, but our university is broken. We are here demanding that you fix CUNY now."
Task Force Created by City Council Recommends CUNY Go Tuition-Free
A long-awaited report was released on Thursday by the Task Force on Affordability, Admissions, and Graduation Rates at the City University of New York -- convened through City Council legislation -- that included recommendations for broad changes to the operations and funding of CUNY.
CUNY student leads stand against travel ban
“At that point, I didn’t know what to do, because it was a federal situation and I’m just a city government president on a local level,” Reid told Clarion. When faced with the challenge, Reid decided to make some calls. First, he spoke with CUNY Board of Trustees member Una Clarke, who suggested writing a letter to Chancellor James Milliken. Reid wrote the letter that day and sent it.