U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Congressman Tim Bishop were among hundreds of supporters who celebrated the initiation of the NSLS-II project, which will enhance Brookhaven Lab’s standing as a world-leading research facility and bring direct economic benefits to Long Island and New York State.
“Today’s groundbreaking is yet another example of how the Economic Recovery Act will boost Long Island’s economy by speeding up the construction of a world-class facility that will drive innovation and create much-needed jobs,” Schumer said.”I am proud to help Brookhaven Lab secure Recovery Act funding to get this project off the ground sooner than expected.”
Gillibrand noted that “Brookhaven National Laboratory is a major economic engine for Long Island. The National Synchrotron Light Source II will advance scientific research and development for not only the local communities, but for all of New York. Thousands of researches and scientists will be able to use these facilities to test cutting edge theories and practices. Federal dollars for this project will help create jobs and keep Long Island at the forefront of scientific research,” she said.
“This project will immediately put Long Islanders to work, especially in the construction trades,” said Bishop. “In the long-term, NSLS-II will make sure Brookhaven National Lab continues to attract top scientists to Long Island as one of our nation’s pre-eminent research facilities.