"Divide and Conquer" the Strategy for UB 2020

April 22, 2011 Updated Apr 22, 2011 at 7:25 PM EDT

By WKBW News

April 22, 2011 Updated Apr 22, 2011 at 7:25 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) Senator Mark Grisanti says the plan for UB 2020 is to focus on one aspect of the project, get it completed, and then move forward.

After UB 2020 faced many hurdles in state government, new University President Satish Tripathi and some state lawmakers are looking at a new way of making progress. The idea, according to Grisanti, is to focus the scope of the project to the Downtown Campus and the Medical Campus, and get that part of the project off the ground. Eventually then the rest of the plans for the North and South Campuses can be completed.

"President Tripathi is a very smart man. He's actually the engineer behind UB 2020, and he's probably taking a look at it and saying if you want us to do this in stages that's fine. And I think that's what he's doing. He's being accommodating to get something done now instead of having nothing done at all," Senator Grisanti said Friday.

The University at Buffalo released a statement Friday which said:

"The university is very encouraged by Gov. Cuomo's interest in supporting UB 2020. We are continuing our discussions with the governor, our legislative leaders, SUNY and the community about why UB 2020, and passage of the UB 2020 bill, would benefit the university and Western New York."

Senator Grisanti said that this is not a step back, though it may seem like one.

"Let's just focus on one piece at a time. Eventually we're going to get it all done. But lets focus on the downtown campus with the medical campus, the research institute, and making it a part of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Corridor, and we'll leave the South and North Campus for the future," Grisanti said.

Moving forward, the Senator said it is best to get everyone in Albany on the same page, and that focusing the project and taking it one step at a time is the easiest way to get it passed.