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How Does Having a Major University in the Community Affect You?

Log in to Patch and share your thoughts with the Three Village community.

Residents at voiced various opinions about the ways in which they feel Stony Brook University affects the community.

Among the ideas expressed: the university seems to bring traffic and congestion, increased stress on local infrastructure and resources, and populations of students seeking off-campus housing.

But it's undeniable that the university is one of the area's largest employers, bringing jobs by the thousands to the Three Village community – and surrounding places such as Port Jefferson, Head of the Harbor, and Smithtown – by hiring faculty and staff members in a wide variety of professions and fields.

Some can also argue that the university also brings excitement to the community, with a variety of arts and entertainment, sports action, opportunities for community members to partake in scholarly interests, and more.

What's more, the university has just been by U.S. News & World Report, the only Long Island school to achieve that distinction.

Now we ask you: What do you think? How does having a major university in our community affect you? Log in to Patch and share your answer as a comment below.

Jimmy September 13, 2012 at 01:32 PM
It's pretty much a world class university to be proud of. And to say it put nothing back into the community! Well how about John Simons and Avalon?
Rich Murdocco September 13, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Stony Brook is a regional asset. Unfortunately, both areas did not grow together. Moving forward, the University needs to work closely with the community to expand in conjunction with the surrounding areas. For my thoughts on Stony Brook, and the importance of the downtown project, read my recent letter to Patch here: http://threevillage.patch.com/articles/letter-why-the-stony-brook-downtown-project-is-important
RealTea September 13, 2012 at 02:12 PM
A malignancy. Plain and simple. I can't find anything "world class" about the drunk, bath salt snorting, crystal meth smoking low lives that have invaded my community. I might have a more positive opinion of the 'students' if I were the owner of one of the illegal rooming houses making huge profits renting to these d-bags, or one of the town politicians they are paying off. Better wake up folks!
K.J. Swedish September 18, 2012 at 02:23 AM
I think many local residents of Stony Brook have benifitted from the University, the university has simply outgrown the area, which thank goodness is a contrast in the comparison that the community has remained private and quaint..I think the only improvement needed to link the University Students to downtown Stony Brook is transportation from the campus. I do not think more than that is necessary at this time since most students prefer to leave the area and return home especially if their families are in New York or in a neighboring state..
Sick of Sycamore Circle December 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Yes, the university is an asset in some ways. The hospital serves many Long Islanders, also. However, the university has grown and housing for the students hasn't kept up with its growth. Therefore, shortage of on-campus housing negatively affects all of the surrounding communities, with greedy slumlords renting to students. My property values have gone down, and the appearance of my community has deteriorated; so, the university, for the most part, has been detrimental to me.

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