Giving state small nudge

One more dose of skepticism is a little too much for this region.

In the middle of last week, The Buffalo News reported on delays with the Athenex project specifically focusing on the Queen City. A project targeted for the medical corridor there that was to be completed last April had not yet been started.

Of course Athenex is getting impatient and it told the News it was looking at possibly moving operations to the United Kingdom.

Delays in Dunkirk have been well documented in the OBSERVER. Ground-breaking, which was supposed to have happened in the spring, won’t take place until 2017. In the town, there are issues with wetlands as well as – you guessed it – zoning.

News of the wait in Buffalo spurred state Sen. Catharine Young to move quickly. She reached out to state officials to speed up the process. “It is wonderful news that Empire State Development will take the helm to guide the Athenex project forward,” she said. “… I commend the governor for finding a solution, and Empire State Development officials for giving their expertise. I also sincerely thank Athenex for their investment in Western New York. This project and the 900 new jobs it will bring are essential to our future.”

As important as this effort is to New York, it is of major significance to this region. Without this project, things do not look as sunny.