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Up on the Board: SUNY Nano break, G subway line, Gillibrand bill boosted

The editorial board is interested in a report that SUNY is scheduling a spin-off of one of its most successful research centers, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany, for the 2014-15 academic year. How will this intersect with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plan, which we supported, to offer tax-free zones for businesses that locate on college campuses?

We’re pleased that the G subway line is receiving upgrade attention from the MTA. The line, which connects Brooklyn and Queens, has been neglected for years. But with the resurgence of neighborhoods in these boroughs – from which there are many Manhattan-bound commuters – the MTA is looking at ways to improve service.

The board is looking into ways to prevent the abuse of Adderall and other performance-enhancing drugs off college campuses. This drug, which is prescribed for ADHD, is too easy to get – even at the high school level.

And noted libertarian Sen. Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, is co-hosting a press conference today with New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, in support of her bill to prevent and punish sexual assault in the military. This is an unlikely pairing, and we wonder, what does it mean for the bill’s potential?

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Up on the Board is the editorial board's blog about what we just discussed at our weekday morning meeting. These meetings are where we talk about the news of the day and hash out our positions for the opinion sections of Newsday and amNew York.