The NYIT Library provides numerous databases containing historical info about the College. The newspaper providing the best historical coverage of Long Island, and hence, of NYIT's Old Westbury and Central Islip campuses, is Newsday.
The Library's Newsday database contains many articles about NYIT on Long Island. But other databases provide historical coverage, as well, including coverage of NYIT's other campuses.
New York Senator Chuck Schumer often addressed NYIT Graduations in the early 2000s.
Any and all of these Library databases are worth searching:
Newsday (1985 - current)
The New York Times (1980 - current)
The New York Times Historical (1851 - 2008)
InfoTrac Newsstand (1980 - current)
Academic OneFile (Gale/Infotrac)
Education Research Complete (EBSCOhost)
ProQuest Education Journals (ProQuest)
Academic Search Complete (EBSCOhost)
ProQuest Central (ProQuest)