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.