Since the last update I have met with and received the support of Council Member James Sanders Jr., representing Far Rockaway, and Assemblyman Edward Braunstein, representing Flushing, Whitestone, and Bayside. We continue to build wide support for Queens to be a technological innovation center because having our borough as a center for education and well-paid jobs of the future just makes sense.
The race to win this initiative continues to heat up as the universities are stepping up the competition. Stanford and CUNY announced last week a partnership to host a joint degree-granting institutions here in New York. The details haven’t been released but initial plan calls for Stanford to have a presence at City College before it completes its New York City campus in 2017. This exciting public-private university initiative presents opportunities for other CUNY institutions in New York to access the resources of this Stanford partnership.
My nonprofit group will be hosting an event at the Queens Museum of Art Friday October 21st titled “Unveiling Silicon City.” Queens elected officials such as Councilmember Leroy Comrie, Peter Koo as well as State Senator Jose Peralta and Assemblyman Ed Braunstein will be in attendance to promote a tech innovation center in Queens. We will be unveiling a physical model of what this tech center could potentially look like and will be placing it on the museum panorama where it will be displayed for public viewing. Check out the Queens Museum of Art this weekend, take a look at the model, and please send us your thoughts.