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Zone Proposal Ensures College Remains a College

Town supervisor and state lawmakers to present proposal Tuesday at Stony Brook Southampton.

After Stony Brook University at its Southampton campus in Shinnecock Hills, the specter of SUNY eventually abandoning the campus and the land being sold off for a housing development loomed — but a new proposal aims to eliminate that as a possibility.

A university spokeswoman that Stony Brook University is dedicated to the future of Stony Brook Southampton and has demonstrated that commitment by introducing new programs. However, local politicians are taking no chances.

In a joint effort, Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, state Assemblyman Fred Thiele and state Sen. Kenneth LaValle have put together a plan to establish a new zoning district in town that is dedicated to higher education and related activities.

"The plan, which must be adopted by the Southampton Town Board, will insure that the and Community College campuses in Southampton would remain dedicated to higher education," states an advisory from Thiele's office.

The lawmakers will present the plan Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in front of the windmill at the Stony Brook Southampton campus. If it rains, the event will be moved inside Chancellors Hall.

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Joan Tutt April 06, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Terrific! So glad that our gov't officials are forward thinking!
Jane Piereth April 06, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Very good news!
Marianne Klepacki April 07, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Could this new zoning district be related to the comment in the Sag Harbor Express on March 21st where it is stated by Mr. Thiele that he believes the East End is potentially exposed to being the home of a new gaming facility. The State Assembly passed an amendment to the State constitution regarding 7 casinos to be built in NY, but Mr. Thiele is concerned because "..this amendment with almost no information in terms of where the seven casinos would be situated, what rules they will follow or whether or not a municipality will be able to enact its own legislation to prevent a casino from being built in its community."
Brendan Byrne - The East End Broker April 09, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Just a thought, but there is an economy on The East End that caters to "the season". There may be a fit for curriculums that fit just that, including Real Estate, Hospitality, culinary arts, organic agriculture, property management, etc. The off season could be for academics while the season can be hands on and internships.
Peconic Sunset April 09, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I think it is a good idea to get our commitment to higher education at this site on paper. In addition to providing a unique and much needed opportunity for college students, the college is an employer. Once we agree on the strategy, we can work through the tactical issues and deliver a great educational experience.
julie April 09, 2012 at 06:59 PM
it's a great start to protect the campus. next step should be to get it out from being under the control of yet another "absentee landlord" & make it an independent SUNY college in contro of itself. History has shown that being a step-child of other universities that are off in the distance & have other priorities did not serve this campus or its students or its community's best interests.
julie April 09, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Maybe everything that was lacking was because the institutions that controlled that campus focused their priorities elsewhere - namely on their main campuses. This campus remains the neglected step-child even now. Stonybrook only cares about the profit it can make off of it for Stonybrook. The kids that were enrolling for the environmental programs since 2006 until the abrupt closure announcement in 2010 certainly did have every intention of graduating from there. The college was beginning to thrive & it can again if it is ever in control of itself as an independent SUNY college.
Patrice Dalton April 16, 2012 at 03:24 PM
We have an Agriculture/Horticulture void in education on Long Island, which is so crazy given how much land and workforce is devoted to the field. Nursing could be another focus area.

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