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SBU Working to "Be a Good Neighbor" to the Community

President Stanley weighs in on the town-and-gown dynamic.

Stony Brook University's president said in an interview Wednesday that the administration realizes the school is a large entity with a major impact on the local community – and said the university is willing to work with the residents on their concerns.

"I think there's always some concerns. We work very hard to be a good neighbor," said Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr., who arrived three years ago to become the fifth president in the university's history. "I think we’re interested always in listening to what’s going on and understanding what the concerns are."

Stanley recently expressed the university's support for a plan for downtown revitalization that's being developed near the north end of campus, surrounding Stony Brook's Long Island Rail Road station.

And in a recent presentation to the local civic association, another high-level university administrator said Stony Brook plans to increase enrollment and add new dormitories along with new research and student life facilities over the next several years, which raised quality-of-life concerns for the residents.

Stanley said the university tries to be sensitive to local residents' issues. He also emphasized what the university is able to give back to the community at large. Not only is Stony Brook an economic engine that adds more than $4 billion to the regional economy and is one of Long Island's largest employers, he said, but it also adds value with elements such as popular sports teams as well as compelling arts programming at the Staller Center.

"I think people forget sometimes how much we’re integrated into the community," he said. " ... Hopefully people recognize that, but also will recognize that we really do care about community, about this area. We want to be great neighbors and we’ll continue to work to do that."

Christine Sampson September 21, 2012 at 01:55 PM
To clarify, EG: I believe the state does have plans to build that kind of traffic management system within the next few years at the intersection of Route 347 (which is officially a state road) and CR-97. Though I'm not sure there are plans to replace the left hand turns.
Dan Elton September 25, 2012 at 03:38 AM
I wholeheartedly agree, but that is up to Suffolk County. They've been talking about (at minimum) an exchange (cloverleaf or equivalent) between 97 and 247 since the 60's (when SUNY Stony Brook was built) and it's had the support of the community, but no politician has been able to get the money together. It's a real shame, now they've spent $16 million on studies since 2000 and still no real progress. Will hundreds of thousands , if not millions, of people expected to move into this area in the coming decades, it's time for them to get their act together ! (more information : http://www.nycroads.com/roads/CR-97/) It boggles my mind that they aren't making this a top priority considering SBU is a school of ~25,000 students, of which around half of which are commuters..
Dan Elton September 25, 2012 at 03:42 AM
They need to come clean about the drug problems on and around campus. I've never heard of any university official address the issue, which is well known to anyone who's been at Stony Brook. They need to crack down on students who do drugs (as they due at most high caliber universities), both for the reputation of the university, the well being of the students and to maintain good relations with the greater community. There was a show on WSBU a while ago with several students testifying about crack and alcohol problems they've had while students. I've also talked with several people who do LSD and mushrooms on a regular basis.
lovemykids October 24, 2012 at 02:37 AM
"...We work very hard to be a good neighbor," said Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr., who arrived three years ago to become the fifth president in the university's history. "I think we’re interested always in listening to what’s going on and understanding what the concerns are." Really Stanley? Why don't you read your own words, that's right, and if you forgot what they were, I copied your quote to the patch in my comment!!! When it comes to throwing the Three Village Soccer Club and Stony Brook Travel teams off the fields as of this November. How do you think that's being a 'good neighbor'. There are over 3000 people that will be effected by this. And just as a side, What exactly is it that you do with the $75,000 that the soccer club pays you to lease the land. It was my understanding it was a scholarship? Is it? Who have the recipients been? Just in the past 10 years, can you give me those names? Or does the money just get absorbed into a general fund? Just curious, but since you also quoted that you are always interested in what the concerns are, I though I'd throw out a few...
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