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Item in proposed budget lists $200 million for SUNY Polytechnic Institute site in county

January 21, 2016
By Katrina Fuller (editorial@westfieldrepublican.com) , Westfield Republican

Mum's the word on a $200 million line item for Chautauqua County in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed executive budget.

According to the Albany Times Union, a memo from the state Economic Development Council obtained by the paper noted there is a $200 million item listed for a "SUNY Poly Commercialization Center" in Chautauqua County.

The massive proposal has no details attached to it and its existence came as a surprise to officials throughout the county. Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R-C-I-Jamestown, said he is supportive of the initiative despite the lack of details.

"I'm delighted the governor has included $200 million for economic development in Chautauqua County," Goodell said. "It would be a huge boost in the north and south county, and I look forward to working with the governor's economic development staff and SUNY Polytech staff in supporting this project."

He added the executive budget proposal is still in its infancy which is why there isn't a lot of information.

"At this point in time, there aren't a lot of details because the proposal is still being fleshed out," Goodell said.

Mike Barone, State University of New York at Fredonia public relations director, said this was also the first he'd heard of the proposal.

"We have no information on that so far," Barone said. "We're looking forward to hearing more about that."

When reached for comment, Vince Horrigan, county executive, said he could provide no additional information on the subject.

Multiple emails sent to the governor's office were not returned by press time.

The SUNY Polytechnic Institute was formed after the joining of the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and the SUNY Institute of Technology, according to the SUNY Poly website.

With a campus in Albany, Utica/Rome and a variety of other centers across the state, the system offers a variety of degrees, courses, programs and more.

SUNY Poly also founded and manages the Computer Chip Commercialization Center on its Utica campus. It also manages the $500 million New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium, the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub at RiverBend, Buffalo Information Technologies Innovation and Commercialization Hub and Buffalo Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub, according to SUNYit.edu.

 
 
 

 

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