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Public Advocate and likely 2013 mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio is the latest city politician joining the push to establish an NYU and Polytech applied sciences campus at an empty building owned by the MTA in Brooklyn. The Politicker obtained letters Mr. de Blasio sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and MTA Chairman Joe Lhota last Friday urging them to support the project.
“The proposed repurposing of the MTA’s unused building at 370 Jay Street to house the NYU Applied Science Center would be an integral part of the continuing revitalization of Downtown Brooklyn and would also help a New York City educational institutional increase its contribute to education and in technology in our city,” Mr. de Blasio wrote in his letter to the Mayor.
At the ABNY breakfast this morning, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said growing New York’s technology sector is key to improving the state’s economy. She said she hopes to help high tech companies flourish in New York by pursuing new legislation, investment and tax credits, and by supporting the push for an NYU and Polytech applied sciences campus in Brooklyn.
“We are becoming the new technological powerhouse, a viable East Coast sister to Silicon Valley,” Senator Gillibrand said.
In a speech at MIT last night to discuss the packed sweepstakes to build a tech campus in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg said he prefers City Hall to the White House. Almost immediately after Mayor Bloomberg dampened recent speculation he’s eyeing a White House bid, he added fuel to the fire by explaining why a mayor would be the best person for the job.