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Cuomo: Announcement Soon On Photonics HQ

Sep 16, 2015

We should find out soon where the headquarters for a new Photonics Institute in Rochester will be located. 

That word Wednesday from Governor, when WXXI News asked him during his stop at the Upstate Latino Summit if there was any resolution to the debate.

There was some controversy last month over whether the headquarters for the new institute should be located at the Sibley Building or at Legacy Tower, the former Bausch and Lomb Building. 

University of Rochester President Joel Seligman and some other officials have favored Sibley, while SUNY Polytechnic officials and some other local leaders backed Legacy Tower.

Cuomo indicated his office has been working with interested parties, and he says they have a solution that will be agreeable to everyone.

"We have new businesses coming to town, the argument is, where should we site it? I love that problem. Our problem for many, many years has been, businesses are leaving town, what do we do?  So I'll take this problem of where do we site the new business any day of the week but we have a resolution, we'll announce it shortly"

After the debate went on for several days last month, the leaders involved in the debate indicated they have been trying to work things out.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, (D-Fairport), issued a statement saying that “With the final details nearly worked out, our goal of ensuring a fair governance structure and keeping the photonics manufacturing institute headquarters in downtown Rochester is close to becoming a reality."

Slaughter and other officials have said that ultimately, the photonics work is expected to create several thousand jobs in the region.