Video: Brookhaven National Lab’s State of the Lab address

03/04/2011 5:47 PM |

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Hugh O'Neill, president of Appleseed, the firm that recently completed an economic impact report on BNL, stressed the importance of the lab as an economic hub for Long Island at Friday’s first-ever State of the Lab address.

With federal budget cuts looming large over Brookhaven National Laboratory, officials stressed the importance of the lab as an economic hub for Long Island at Friday’s first-ever State of the Lab address.

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Hugh O’Neill, president of Appleseed, the firm that recently completed an economic impact report on BNL, said the lab’s economic output for the 2009 fiscal year included the creation of 5,400 jobs throughout New York State–including 5,190 of them on Long Island.

Last month, Congressman Tim Bishop publicly opposed steep cuts in a federal spending plan passed by the House of Representatives, which could force the Lab to cut a third of its work force and close two cutting edge facilities.

Mr. O’Neill, along with Mr. Bishop, Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko, state Senator Ken LaValle and other elected officials and local leaders who attended the event said high technology job creation through BNL are the future of Long Island’s economy.

jennifer@northshoresun.com

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