U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was at the Griffiss Institute in Rome on Monday.

Schumer is throwing his support behind SUNY Poly's planned bid to be named one of several new "National Centers of Quantum Science Research and Education."

The New York Democrat says existing capabilities at SUNY Poly and Rome Lab's Quantum Computing Center of Excellence would position the region to be a leader in Quantum tech breakthroughs.

“The devastating impacts of falling behind international competitors like China and Europe in the field of quantum computing are wide-ranging and severe – from economic growth to the strength of our national security. The race towards innovation in quantum computing is the great scientific race of the 21st century, which is why I made it a priority last year to pass the National Quantum Initiative Act in Congress, and why I will continue to fight to increase Rome Lab’s budget for quantum computing research each and every year,” said Schumer.

Schumer was joined by SUNY Poly Interim President Grace Wang and local elected officials, including Congressman Anthony Brindisi and Rome Mayor Jackie Izzo.

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