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Jul 28, 2010 11:14 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Lawmakers want to explore independent SUNY school at Stony Brook Southampton

Jul 28, 2010 11:14 AM

Marking a new phase of their ongoing efforts to steer the fate of Stony Brook Southampton, State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. announced on Wednesday that they have introduced legislation to create a state task force charged with studying the feasibility of establishing an independent State University of New York college at the Shinnecock Hills campus.

The lawmakers have spearheaded efforts to maintain a four-year college at the site since Stony Brook University announced in April that it would strip the 82-acre satellite campus of its core sustainability curriculum and shutter the dorms there in the wake of massive state funding cuts.

The legislators wrote in a joint statement that, since both Stony Brook University and Long Island University gave up on running a four-year residential college at the site this decade, “it is clear that the business model of operating the college as a satellite to another institution will never properly serve the needs of the community.”

Stony Brook University, on the other hand, has stated that it intends to hold on to the campus and find a new educational purpose for it. On July 15, the university convened its own task force charged with recommending new uses for Stony Brook Southampton.

It was not immediately known when the legislation introduced by Mr. LaValle and Mr. Thiele would be up for a vote.

WILL JAMES

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its about time. operating the college as a satellite to another institution that has a very different focus, mission, and agenda will never properly serve the needs of the students of the satellite.
By js (44), NY on Aug 4, 10 12:38 AM
The land should be given to the Shinnecocks in lieu of all their other land claims. Then the Shinnecock casino should be built on that land, smack dab between the two highways.
By Walt (292), Southampton on Aug 4, 10 12:17 PM