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Audio: Simpson delivers sharp message to Albany lawmakers in final UB community address

BUFFALO -- University at Buffalo President John B. Simpson issued a sharp rebuke for Albany lawmakers Wednesday morning during his final annual community address, but promised that the university's longterm UB 2020 plan remains the "chief priority."

Simpson, speaking to community members in Asbury Hall on Delaware Avenue, criticized state lawmakers for failing to pass legislation that would give the State University of New York system more autonomy. 

"I'm deeply disappointed -- no, I'm angry. I'm angry that Albany chose to listen to those who would preserve the status quo at all costs," Simpson said. "Alas, for now, New York's path would appear to be to support mediocrity, doing just an 'OK job,' rather than creating excellence, and our elected legislature is ensuring this. They are denying our future."

Simpson, who has announced his retirement, said the university's commitment to UB 2020 remains "as strong as ever."

Listen to Simpson's entire community address here:

See a portion of Simpson's address in this video:

--Denise Jewell Gee 

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