Friday, April 6, 2012

F Train Technology Corridor Coming To Roosevelt Island - Cornell President David Skorton Talks About Plans For New Roosevelt Island NYC Applied Sciences & Engineering School, Then On To Town Hall Meeting

Cornell Vice President Cathy Dove and President David Skorton Before Town Hall Meeting

Cornell President David Skorton, Vice President Cathy Dove, Dean Dan Huttenlocher, Provost Kent Fuchs and other Cornell representatives, together with elected politicians and NYC officials, came to Roosevelt Island last night. In front of a jammed pack crowd of residents for a Town Hall Meeting,

they discussed the very early stage plans for the new Cornell Technion NYC Applied Sciences and Engineering School that will be located on Roosevelt Island.

Prior to the Town Hall Meeting, President Skorton and the other Cornell officials sat down with me for an interview. We discussed the reasons why Cornell selected Roosevelt Island as the site for the new technology school, what the new campus may look like, how Cornell will interact with the community, transportation issues, employment opportunities, open space, RIOC Governance and much more. Throughout the discussion Mr. Skorton emphasized Cornell's strong desire to be a good neighbor, that they don't have all the answers to our questions right now but that they were here to listen and learn from the community residents as the planning process moves forward.

Here's the interview.

The Town Hall meeting began shortly after the interview.

Below are President's Skorton's prepared remarks for the Town Hall Meeting.

and the Town Hall presentation by Dean Dan Huttenlocher, and Cathy Dove

followed by a question and answer period with Roosevelt Island residents

Capitol New York reported on the Town Hall Meeting:
... Huttenlocher said they expect 30,000 to 120,000 permanent jobs over the next three decades, and coined another technology district for Silicon Island to sit upon.

"We view the F train as sort of a technology corridor in New York City,” he said. “If you think about Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, the tech companies there, then coming up 6th Avenue, you’re heading near Union Square and Chelsea and Flatiron with a lot of tech companies. And then here, where there’s going to be a new tech campus, and then into Long Island City, Queens, where there’s an incredible opportunity for the companies that will spin from on this campus to locate themselves and build the… economic development in Western Queens.”...
Click here for the entire article.

NY 1 was also at the Town Hall meeting adding:
 ... The first building will open in five years on the northern side of the 11-acre site and Cornell will build out south....
Click here for the entire NY1 Report.

Will have video from the beginning of the Town Hall meeting with remarks by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, NYC Council Member Jessica Lappin, Deputy Mayor Robert Steele, NYC Economic Development Corporation President Seth Pinsky, Assembly Member Micah Kellner and Cornell President David Skorton later.

UPDATE 4/8 - Cornell President David Skorton's presentation to the Town Hall Meeting

and the remarks of elected representatives and NYC officials.


RonaldVanDyke said...

So what about the safety and security of the students? An unarmed police force is hardly the answer. Or is it?

Advance Technology Tools said...

you have very nicely described the train technology corridor coming to island, it will be a helpful thing for all of us!

Vianna said...

you have very nicely described the train technology corridor coming to island, it will be a helpful thing for all of us!