Cuomo tours campus success

October 9, 2012 by  

Farmingdale State College had a high-profile visitor last week to its Broad Hollow Bioscience Park. Governor Andrew Cuomo made a stop as part of his Long Island trip to review growing companies in the Nassau-Suffolk area.

Traveling with the Governor on October 5 were local political figures and business leaders eager to highlight the benefits of state funding investments in area educational, research, and entrepreneurial enterprises. Cuomo and his entourage were welcomed to the Farmingdale campus by the college’s president, W. Hubert Keen, who said:

“The fact that the Governor visited our campus demonstrates that he understands the value Farmingdale brings to the region in terms of education and the research enterprise at the bioscience park. He is quite aware of the importance of integrating academics with business….”

David Epstein, Vice President for Research at OSI Pharmaceuticals/Astellas, which is known for its work in the development of cancer-fighting drugs and is located at the park, led the Governor and his party on a tour of the businesses currently in residence. The choice of Epstein was deliberate, since the company had received the Governor’s support just last year to expand on the Farmingdale campus and thus save 100 jobs.

Cuomo said:

“New York no longer has a one size fits all approach to economic development, and now we are seeing the benefits of this new way of thinking throughout the state.”

He went on to note the success of regional economic councils, such as the Long Island Economic Development Council, in funding and supporting local enterprises that can run the gamut from a print company to a musical instrument manufacturer, but with the common goal of job development or expansion through upgrades in infrastructure or technology.