March 23, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Praises $180 Million Investment in Long Island

Money will Support Cutting Edge Research, Renewable Energy Advancements at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today praised the $184.3 million investment from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island.  The dollars being invested come from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, which Senator Gillibrand helped pass last month.  The DOE funding will specifically go to support the laboratory's construction of the National Synchrotron Light Source II, focusing on making advancements in clean, sustainable and affordable sources of energy.

The funds will also support the lab's immediate infrastructure needs, such as the construction of an Interdisciplinary Sciences Building to house high-accuracy instruments for research in solar energy and biofuels, and to accelerate the acquisition of experimental equipment for Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC).

"This is great news for Brookhaven National Laboratory and for all of Long Island," Senator Gillibrand said.  "Brookhaven National Laboratory is a major economic engine for Long Island.  This funding will help create jobs and keep Long Island at the forefront of scientific research."

Brookhaven National Laboratory employs approximately 3,000 scientists, engineers, technicians and others working on cutting edge research for the U.S. Department of Energy, and translating that research into private sector solutions and support for local communities.  Their work also educates the next generation of researchers and scientists to strengthen New York for the long term.  The Long Island laboratory has been awarded six Nobel Prizes for its work.

Senator Gillibrand is committed to solutions that will create good-paying jobs in New York and invest in the state's long-term economic growth.  Senator Gillibrand is a strong supporter of President Obama's economic plan, which will create or save more than 215,000 jobs for New York and ensure a strong economic future through investments in infrastructure, renewable energy, health care technology and education.