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.