March 24, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Working with Hofstra University to Strengthen Long Island

Meets with Hofstra President Rabinowitz to Discuss Support for New Medical School, Investments in Energy Efficiency and Green Buildings

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today met with Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz to talk about support for Hofstra's groundbreaking medical school, improving energy efficiency on campus and supporting green building projects at the university. Senator Gillibrand expressed her intention to work closely with the university to create jobs and drive economic growth for Long Island.

Senator Gillibrand and President Rabinowitz specifically discussed the launch of Hofstra's new School of Medicine, scheduled to admit its first class in 2011.  Hofstra is partnering with North Shore-LIJ Health System to create the groundbreaking new School of Medicine that will focus on comprehensive efforts to improve community health and efforts to commercialize the school's research advancements.

"Hofstra University is a critical economic engine for Long Island," Senator Gillibrand said.  "My number one priority is improving the lives of all New Yorkers by creating jobs and getting our economy turned around.  Hofstra University is helping lead the way by investing in projects to promote public health and energy efficiency and I look forward to working them to help expand these efforts."

Senator Gillibrand and President Rabinowitz also talked about Hofstra University's efforts to reduce emissions and improve energy efficiency on campus by converting the school's bus fleet from diesel to cleaner fuels, greening rooftops of buildings on campus, and installing solar panels to provide cleaner, more sustainable energy for the university.

Senator Gillibrand is a strong voice for New York's students, colleges and universities.  She's working to make college more affordable for all New York families and invest in research and development programs across New York to help create jobs and power New York's economy for the future.