COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on hand Thursday for a groundbreaking at a leading research facility on Long Island.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, a 4-year-old girl sat in front of Cuomo at the Cold Spring Harbor Lab. With the help of researchers, the girl was able to survive after being diagnosed with a rare muscular disorder.

Now, at a groundbreaking for a new building on the property, Cuomo hopes more people will be cured from diseases. Inside the $75 million facility, researchers will study nutrition, metabolism and cancer.

“You can almost feel when you walk onto the grounds that you are in a special place, and great things have happened here,” Cuomo said, “and the potential that we have on Long Island, in this biomedical field, biotechnology field, I think is unprecedented.”

The facility is being constructed using a $25 million grant.

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