Senator Gianaris attended a press conference to promote the expansion of an applied science campus to Roosevelt Island with Congresswoman Maloney and David Brause. The Queens Gazette wrote on some of the reasons for the Senator's support, such as in addition to the promotion of higher education, the general further development of the Western Queens community.
To promote Roosevelt Island as an ideal site for a proposed applied sciences campus, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney held a 10 a.m. press conference October 17 in a board room of the MetLife Building on Queens Plaza North in Long Island City. Maloney was joined by state Senator Michael Gianaris; David Brause, president of the Long Island City Business Improvement District, and Gayle Baron, president of the Long Island City Partnership.
Gianaris said that Applied Sciences NYC and the likelihood of a campus selection by the end of the year make this “a very exciting time”. He based his own case for Roosevelt Island as the home of the campus on such matters as easy transportation access, provided by the island’s subway stop on the F line and the 36th Street Bridge for bus and automobile traffic. He too said that the city should become more committed to high-tech industries and added that a campus on Roosevelt Island could provide an opportunity for the development in Western Queens of affordable student and faculty housing.
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