Buffalo, NY(WKBW) After nearly six years of road blocks and hurdles, The University at Buffalo has gotten approval to move ahead with their UB 2020 plan. Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed UB's application and awarded the school with a $35 million dollar grant to help launch the $375 million dollar project. UB's medical school will be relocated to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in downtown Buffalo. The move is expected to create thousands of jobs and ignite economic development in the local medical research field.
Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said: "After years of inaction, Senator Grisanti and our entire Western New York delegation played a key role in making UB2020 a reality. I commend the Governor for his leadership on this important project and am thrilled that UB's challenge grant application has been approved so we can continue to leverage the outstanding work being done at the University to create thousands of jobs in Buffalo and Western New York."
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said, "Rebuilding our Upstate economy requires not only a commitment to innovation, but also a commitment to rebuilding and revitalizing our great cities. With this plan, we are leveraging our quality universities by utilizing the technological capacity and human capital of the University at Buffalo to rebuild our economy and create jobs. I commend Governor Cuomo, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, and University at Buffalo President Satish Tripathi for their leadership in enhancing the academic mission of the University while also creating the environment to make the campus a regional economic development generator."
Senator Mark Grisanti said, "Today is a big victory for the University of Buffalo, our City, and Western New York. The plan authorized today will help UB continue its academic excellence and maintain its affordability. This plan also enables UB to contribute more significantly to Buffalo's emerging biomedical economy and will create thousands of new jobs here in Western New York. With Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York State is rebuilding and showing that progress can be made by setting politics aside and putting the people first."
Assemblyman Mark Schroeder said, "UB2020 will create thousands of jobs, expand educational opportunities, and be a driving force in the economic development of Western New York. This plan gives the University at Buffalo the tools to build a world-class university, while forging a new economy in Buffalo based on technology, education, and innovation. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for his commitment to UB2020, and his tremendous leadership through this process. This is a historic day for Buffalo, and a sign of great things to come for our region."
SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher said, "The SUNY campuses continue to realize the benefits of Governor Cuomo's vision and leadership for a stronger New York and a more competitive public university system. By ensuring affordability, by hiring new faculty and increasing access, and by moving the medical school downtown and creating nearly 3,000 healthcare and construction jobs for Western New York, the University at Buffalo's NYSUNY 2020 plan promises to better serve students and positively impact both the local and state economies. This is truly a proud day for the University at Buffalo, for SUNY, and for all of New York State."
President of University at Buffalo Satish Tripathi said, "We are very thankful to Governor Cuomo, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and the state legislature for their continued support over the past year. This funding will have a historic impact on our university -- one that will transform the depth and scope of UB's academic and research enterprise while significantly expanding our role in improving the quality of life in Western New York."