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Suffolk's Levy recalls SUNY reds of yesteryear

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy said he was taught by communists when he attended Stony Brook University. But unlike the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy, Levy said he is not about to name names.

Levy made the statement before state Conservatives in Albany last week.

He said he is “very proud” of his Stony Brook experience and that the university has changed much since he attended 30 years ago. Then, Levy said, “a number of professors railed against America on a consistent basi.”

He said one professor would show up for class with a red hat and fatigues, while another spoke of how Cuba had a better system. “They felt America was a very imperialist nation which was the root of all evil in the world,” he said.

Stony Brook physics professor Barry McCoy said he “laughed and laughed” when he heard Levy’s remarks. But McCoy, a Democratic state committee member, said it won’t help Levy win his vote for a governor’s nomination.

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