Gov. Cuomo celebrates progress in construction of new UB medicine building

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — New York’s governor came to town on Tuesday to celebrate a major milestone in construction of the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Crews raised a steel beam with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature on it to the top of the eight-story facility, which should be completed in 2017. When finished, the state of the art facility will bring more than 2,000 students, faculty and staff to downtown Buffalo.

“Five years ago we had people leaving western New York, there was no future here. “The action was behind it, the business climate was bad and it had been that way for a long, long time,” Cuomo said, noting it’s not quite the same climate in Buffalo now. “That was a bleak, bleak prospect and five years later, there is a total transformation — 180 degrees.”

The construction of a massive new medical complex is just part of the burgeoning growth of medicine in the Queen City, with Athenex bringing over 1,000 jobs to the area as they continue to grow their business in both Buffalo and Dunkirk.

Sitting in what is dubbed the Conventus Center — which means coming together — Gov. Cuomo said he hopes the Buffalo economy and medical corridor continues to blossom.

“I really do believe if we keep on the path we’re on and we keep working together and we keep investing in the future, the best is yet to be,” Cuomo said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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