Immediate Release May 28, 2004
Contact: David Chauvin (516) 869-7794
Kaiman and Balboni Tour I-Park
Officials to Establish State-of-the-Art 10,000 Square Foot Biotechnology and Life Sciences Laboratory
Lake Success, NY –Supervisor Jon Kaiman and New York State Senator Michael Balboni recently visited I-Park and were recently updated on the progress and needs of the facility by Lynn Ward, one of its principles. The Lake Success facility which has been the home to the Sperry Gyroscope Factory, the United Nations, Lockheed Martin and Unisys, is ready to begin the next phase in its extensive history. National Resources, the parent company of I-Park, is partnering with local government officials including Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and Supervisor Kaiman to create a state-of-the-art 10,000 square foot Biotechnology and Life Sciences laboratory training and business development center.
"This training center will help attract startup and established biotech and life science businesses," said Supervisor Kaiman. "We are increasing opportunities for high-value jobs and economic development throughout Long Island."
Senator Balboni, who is a key member of the Federal Task Force for Homeland Security, said, "I-Park has a storied history and it is great to see that we have the opportunity to continue to make this property the gate to Nassau in terms of jobs and technology innovation."
Supervisor Kaiman recently traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton and Representatives Gary Ackerman and Carolyn McCarthy in an effort to obtain federal funding for the training center.
The basis for this Biotechnology & Life Sciences Center is its proximity to Long Island's world class research institutions including Long Island Jewish Hospital and Cold Spring Harbor Labs which produce one of the best pools of intellectual talent in the nation. The 1.4 million square foot I-Park facility is devoting 300,000 square feet to these biotech and life sciences industries.