Roswell Re-Accreditation Brings Prestige, Continues Funding

July 1, 2014 Updated Jul 1, 2014 at 1:25 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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July 1, 2014 Updated Jul 1, 2014 at 1:25 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) and Congressman Brian Higgins (D) joined top executives from Roswell Park Cancer Institute in a major announcement Tuesday morning.

Roswell Park has been re-accredited as a designated Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute.

It is one of 41 distinguished institutes to hold the classification, and helps bring funding for cancer research.

Governor Andrew Cuomo referrs to Roswell as the "rock" of Western New York's economic growth and the downtown medical campus.