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Torrington Mayor To Fight Closure Of UConn Campus

University of Connecticut

The mayor of Torrington says she doesn't believe UConn can close its satellite campus in the city without going to court.

Mayor Elinor Carbone told the school's Board of Trustees on Wednesday that because the campus was a gift, the school has legal obligations to the trust of Julia Brooker Thompson. Carbone is seeking a legal opinion from Attorney General George Jepsen.

UConn attorney Richard Orr says there are no legal impediments to closing the campus, but acknowledges the school would lose ownership of the property if it's not used for educational purposes.

The branch has just 88 full-time students. The board plans to vote on the closure next month as a way to cut costs amid plans by the state to cut UConn's budget by more than $31 million.

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