With the state looking to cut $90 million from the SUNY system, the NY Times reports that some "are questioning whether the emphasis on athletics is misguided." SUNY lifted bans on athletic scholarships in 1986 and SUNY Buffalo was the first school to join Division I in 1991, but the success of the program is questioned. And Assemblyman Peter Rivera (D-Bronx) doesn't think state funds should be used towards building "powerhouse" sports programs, "That’s not the purpose of a SUNY school. The purpose of a SUNY school is to provide the best education possible."