WOODBURY - ? Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) says he wants annual tuition hikes for SUNY students.

The hike would be 27 percent over five years at most schools and 47 percent over five years for students who go to Stony Brook, Buffalo, Binghamton and Albany.

Cuomo says regular increases make more sense than freezing tuition for several years and slamming students with a big hike.

The governor also said the added revenue would help fund the SUNY 2020 grant program. It provides $35 million to each SUNY school to help boost their research centers.

State Sen. Ken Lavalle (R-Port Jefferson) says he has a counter-tuition plan at a lower rate.