First came the governor's proposal for free tuition at the state's public colleges.
Then Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he intended to cut state grants at private colleges that he felt raised tuition too much.
And now his comments as he crisscrosses the state promoting his ideas about higher education have stung private college presidents.
"One of the things I don't understand in the whole set of proposals is what seems to be an increasing hostility towards the independent schools. It's mystifying," said John J. Hurley, president of Canisius College in Buffalo.
New York State's private colleges and universities are warning about the dire economic consequences for them and the communities where they are located if Cuomo's free tuition and other proposals for higher education become reality.