UB 2020 Summit Scheduled for May

April 6, 2011 Updated Apr 6, 2011 at 7:00 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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April 6, 2011 Updated Apr 6, 2011 at 7:00 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Efforts to give the University of Buffalo more autonomy and increase the college's power as an economic engine have been renewed at the state capitol.

State Sen. Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo) said he spoke with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the phone Wednesday morning about the plan known as UB 2020.

Grisanti is co-sponsor of the bill which would allow the university to set its own tuition rates and form partnerships with the private sector.

The governor wants to hold a summit to discuss the bill during the first week of May, just after lawmakers return to the Capitol following the Easter recess, said Grisanti.

"We had conversations about whether to have it in Buffalo or have it in Albany," said Grisanti.

The summit will be held in Albany.

"By having it in Albany, this way all the major players that need to be here regarding that are already here," Grisanti said.

The bill has widespread support in the Senate, but some in the Assembly are concerned that UB's tuition rates will skyrocket under the proposal.

UB officials plan to form a scholarship fund for low-income students who cannot afford higher tuition rates, which could increase by as much as $750 per year under the UB 2020 plan.