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Stony Brook president continues push for LI share of state windfall

Stony Brook University president Dr. Samuel L. Stanley

Stony Brook University president Dr. Samuel L. Stanley delivers his "State of the University" address during the convocation on the Stony Brook campus in 2010. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

ALBANY - Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley pushed state lawmakers Tuesday to back a research center connecting several Long Island institutions — the latest effort by Islanders to win a bigger share of New York’s $6 billion windfall from national banking settlements.

Stanley met with some of the Island’s Senate and Assembly delegation at the state Capitol, pitching the merits of allocating $150 million to create a research center connecting Hofstra University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. It’s an idea backed by others, including the Long Island Association.

The Republican-led Senate included the idea in its budget proposal, though it hasn’t won support from the Democrat-led Assembly or Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Cuomo has proposed spending about $3 billion of the banking windfall on infrastructure but has earmarked just a sliver for Long Island — about $100 million for parking garages at the Ronkonkoma and Nassau Hub locations — disappointing local leaders.

Since Cuomo unveiled his budget in January, a number of advocacy groups have lobbied around a regional theme: the Island stands to get shortchanged this year.

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