UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – We’ve been closely monitoring what could be the fate of SUNY Poly after Governor Kathy Hochul’s interview with the Albany Times-Union.

It seems like her plan is to Utica into a kind of “education hub” with the graduates moving to Syracuse and Albany for their six-figure jobs. However, the Mohawk Valley’s economic development cannot be forgotten.

Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon (D-Utica/Rome) explained that she has been vouching for SUNY Poly’s future in the Mohawk Valley since taking office in 2019.

“I actually hand-delivered a letter of this overview to the governor last session, and so, every contact that I have within the office is to explain the importance of what SUNY Polytechnic Institute of Technology has to offer,” explained Assemblywoman Buttenschon.

She continued, “But again, I would look at the leadership to say that this discussion needs to be including SUNY, and without a chancellor, I have asked until leadership is there, then let’s just keep SUNY Poly in Marcy running as it does.”

The Assemblywoman believes that the fate of the Marcy campus isn’t just up to Governor Hochul, but also to leaders at SUNY Poly.

However, the school has been missing consistent leadership for years, which is a problem in of itself.

“Since 2016, we have not seen a president leadership within SUNY Poly, and again, that’s very concerning to me,” she explained. “So, as we continue to look at, not just one factor – yes, the governor’s office is important within the decision making, but SUNY leadership, as well as at the local level, to make sure we have strong leadership.”

“A president that is serving – not in the acting capacity, not in an interim capacity, but that is the actual president of SUNY Poly so that they can stand, hold and provide the direction that is necessary.”