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Oct 13, 2010 11:05 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Cuts At Campus Still Called Illegal

Editor's Note:
Oct 13, 2010 11:05 AM

The purpose of the letter to the SUNY Board of Trustees, Mr. Thiele said, was also intended spur talks with Stony Brook University.

“We also reach out to Stony Brook University to basically stop the madness and to sit down and come up with a concrete timetable and a concrete plan for the reopening of this campus, and the return of Southampton students from Stony Brook,” Mr. Thiele said.

After the press conference, Mr. LaValle, a Republican who is running for reelection next month, suggested that the discussions with Stony Brook University may take on a different tone if the Republicans take back the State Senate in November, and he is returned to his long-held post of Higher Education Committee Chairman. He lost the post when Democrats took the majority in 2008.

“It would make for a very interesting time,” Mr. LaValle said.

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oh boy here we go...
"still illegal"..."nothing short of collusion"..."scooted around"..."doesn't pass muster"
these three great leaders forgot to look around....the school is still closed.
if it wern't for election time they would'nt even be there for the photo-op.
Hey three amigos...go away!
By uncleronk (136), southold on Oct 14, 10 3:21 PM
They were here 6 months ago and are still here--where were you? Sen. La Valle called our empty campus a travesty and so it is. The people fighting this thing are in it for the long haul. It is an uphill battle and if you knew how tired my students are trying to get justice you wouldn't criticize the only real voice they have in the legislature. It's not an easy task to reopen a college, but with the help of our elected officials and the brave students of Southampton it will happen--sooner than later. ...more
By heatherdune (12), Hampton Bays on Oct 15, 10 11:28 PM
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You have to understand, heatherdune, that uncleronk is not a serious commenter. Unc is a joke. Ignore him.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Oct 19, 10 2:14 PM
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Extraordinary efforts, yes, like canceling the BS in Business Management with a Specialization in Business Sustainability major! What I find extraordinary is that publically, Stony Brook has stated they were transferring all the majors, but when the students went to enroll in their classes, they did not exist!!

Assemblymember Fred Thiele has given up weekends and countless hours, just after the educationally, criminal decision, to "gut" the undergraduate programs at Southampton on April ...more
By WarriorMom (61), Southampton on Oct 14, 10 4:42 PM
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I agree -- while it is political season, these three pols have been working on this project a long time. They are sincere. I'm sure they will keep working on this after Nov. 2.

Man, SB Southampton was such an idyllic campus -- that's why the students are so upset about this.
By Mr Suffolk (113), Twin Forks on Oct 14, 10 9:46 PM
First, may it please the court for Senator Lavalle to kindly remove his hat!

Second, 'Tis the season of politicians and Fred "what's in it for me" Thiele is grandstanding. Of course he is, he needs to, it's in his blood. The only person Thiele is working hard for is for himself....

True that it's sad that the university is closing the campus, but the writing in on the wall and the standard for economic support to continue on is simply not there....
By BIGjimbo12 (201), East Quogue on Oct 14, 10 10:34 PM
simply not there? we beg to differ:

"Overall, the University plans on saving roughly $6 million on the closure over two to three years, a number that has been tweaked several times since the announcement was made last spring. What is $6 million in the larger University operating budget of roughly $1.9 BILLION? And of that larger operating budget, the $6 million figure that has been thrown out as the "projected savings" is just a mere 1.95 percent of the the $332 million Stony Brook receives ...more
By ts (71), southampton on Oct 15, 10 12:02 AM
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If Stony Brook needs to close the Southampton Campus as part of an overall plan to cut spending to continue to be able to offer a financially viable alternative for higher education at its other campuses then so be it. You need to take your anger and put it where it belongs: at the feet of the state government whose loose spending, risky investments, and huge overblown salaries and pension plans for government workers caused the state to go broke. See the bigger picture. You should be glad Stony ...more
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on Oct 15, 10 12:54 PM