State approves $14 million for SUNY Southampton

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Stony Brook Southampton will receive $15.9 million in state funding later this year to build a new marine science center and upgrade the existing student center.

The funding, included in the state budget signed by Governor David Paterson on Wednesday, also includes $1.5 million for the college’s Marine Disease Pathology and Research Consortium.

The $6.9 million marine science facility will be 14,000 square feet and have improved laboratories and equipment.

The center will also serve as a “hub for waterfront recreation programs” and provide programs for school groups, summer camps, educational cruises and public lectures, according to a press release from State Senator Kenneth LaValle, who has long been an advocate for quality education at the Southampton campus.

“The projects at the university will not only improve the educational value of the campus but will create jobs in construction, education, and the aquaculture industry,” said Mr. LaValle.?State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, a Southampton College graduate, has also lobbied for funding for the campus.

“I am thrilled by these appropriations,” said Mr. Thiele.

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