Vol. XXXII, Issue 5 | Monday, November 8, 2010
A recent request for a temporary re-straining order that would prohibit con-struction on the disputed hotel site atStony Brook has been turned down.Judge Ralph Gazzillo did not reinstatethe restraining order requested by theplaintiff’s lawyer, George Locker, stat-ing that there was insufficient evidencepresented to convince him to reinstateit.The trial was recently moved fromManhattan to Suffolk County due to ju-risdiction, and in that process Manhat-tan State Supreme Court Judge MarilynDiamond’s decision to uphold a re-straining order on the construction hassince been reversed.Originally scheduled for Nov. 11 atthe Suffolk County Criminal CourtBuilding in Riverhead, N.Y. However,the trial will be moved to a new date fol-lowing the realization that Nov. 11 isVeteran’s Day.“The judge did not believe that cut-ting the forest constituted irreparableharm,” said Locker regarding JudgeGazzillo’s decision to deny the request.The restraining order lift now al-lows the university to cut down the 11-acre forest at the campus entrance forany purpose at any time they chooseand begin construction.“We haven’t had a conversationwith the developer about next steps onthat,” said President Samuel Stanley during a WUSB radio interview Friday.“There’s an incentive on our part to re-ally get started and the court has givenus that opportunity.”The case is being taken to trial onaccount of the lease being expired. Back in the 1980s, the lot was owned by Stony Brook University. However, accordingto Locker and others in the Environ-mentalist Club and its sub-organizationthe Stony Brook Conservation Collec-tive, the school has failed to pay taxeson the property. “If you fail to makePILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) pay-ments the lease is void,” stated Locker.“It was the site through the originalground lease marked for just this pur-pose,” Stanley said. “Of course thelonger you put things off, then the moretroublesome it becomes.”The Stony Brook EnvironmentalConservancy group has sent out an up-date on the lawsuit, asking for studentsand supporters to come to the nextcourt hearing. “It is extremely impor-tant that the courthouse be packed withsupporters of the suit,” said Bowman,president of the Stony Brook Environ-mental Conservancy Group. “Students,staff, faculty, community members.Even if you can spend only an hour,please come.”On November 2, students repre-senting the SBU Environmental Clubhad attempted to bring the concerns of the students to the University Senatebut were ruled out of order by SenatePresident Fred Walter because of timeconstraints.Trying to gain more support inprotest of Judge Gazzillo’s decision, theStony Brook Conservation Collective isholding a protest on Wednesday, No- vember 10 at the SAC Plaza.“The event is to raise awareness—to educate the student body on the 11acres of land,” said Greco, “wherecountless students do research for thesciences, and is the
place on cam-pus where a select handful of endan-gered species reside.”
Judge Green Lights Hotel Project
By Desirée Keegan
that giant glass thingthey’ve been working on over by theMath and Physics buildings?“A gleaming, beautiful space towork and coexist,” according to JohnMorgan, professor emeritus and direc-tor of the new Simons Center forGeometry and Physics.e new building, funded by a largedonation from the James and MarilynSimons Foundation, will host work-shops and lectures and welcome morethan two dozen postdoctoral candidatesand visiting professors each year. ebuilding is meant to provide a work-space that encourages collaboration be-tween the university’s Institute forMathematical Sciences and the Depart-ment of Physics and Astronomy.“e people it’s going to house…are going to be some of the real lead-ers in this interface between geometry and physics,” said University PresidentSamuel Stanley.e building features a lecture hallon the ground ﬂoor and a dining areaon the second ﬂoor. Meant to act as ametaphorical bridge between the twodepartments, the new facility also fea-tures an actual bridge to the Mathemat-ics tower.“Mathematics was my ﬁeld so fromthat standpoint it makes sense,” Dr.James Simons said. e center features alecture hall on the ground ﬂoor and adining area on the second ﬂoor.With Stony Brook University al-ready boasting robust science andmathematics departments, this newcenter can be considered a sandbox forstudents and faculty to explode andlearn.e $60 million donation is thelargest endowment in SUNY history and Simons said he is pleased with theresults. “A great deal of mathematics,geometrics and theoretical physics arealmost inexplicably bound up… eties have become tremendous,” said Si-mons at the center’s grand openingevent, adding that the nearly 40,000square-foot building stands as a symbolof cooperation between two depart-ments that have worked in tandem atthe university for some time.“We give money to diﬀerent places,”Simons said of him and his wife. “Butno place is closer, I think, to both of ourhearts than Stony Brook.”
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