Pols push state to put new fa­cil­ity at cam­pus

Urge state DOH to con­sider Univer­sity at Al­bany’s East Greenbush cam­pus

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EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. » Lo­cal elected of­fi­cials are once again urg­ing the state De­part­ment of Health to con­sider the Univer­sity at Al­bany’s East Greenbush cam­pus for its new $750 mil­lion Wadsworth Cen­ter fa­cil­ity.

Assem­bly­man Jake Ashby, RCastle­ton, re­cently toured the fa­cil­ity in East Greenbush with other elected of­fi­cials.

Lo­cated at the Rens­se­laer County Health Science Cam­pus in East Greenbush, of­fi­cials be­lieve the lo­ca­tion of­fers am­ple space and re­sources to ac­com­mo­date the full ar­ray of Wadsworth’s cut­ting-edge biotech­nol­ogy and pub­lic health re­search, which to this point has been in­con­ve­niently spread across mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions.

Of­fi­cials said that SUNY Al­bany’s Dean of the School of Pub­lic Health David Holt­grave and Univer­sity at Al­bany Foundation CFO and Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Richard P. McGinn Jr. echoed Ashby’s calls for a new Wadsworth Cen­ter at the col­lege’s East Greenbush cam­pus. All three ac­knowl­edged the significance of this project, not only to the con­tin­ued suc­cess of both or­ga­ni­za­tions, but to res­i­dents of the 107th As­sem­bly Dis­trict as well.

The 107th As­sem­bly Dis­trict cov­ers parts of Rens­se­laer, Columbia and Washington coun­ties.

Ashby was also joined by Sen. Kathy Mar­chione’s Leg­isla­tive Di­rec­tor Daphne Jor­dan along with mul­ti­ple mem­bers of the Rens­se­laer County Leg­is­la­ture, in­clud­ing Chair­man Mike Stam-

mel, Vice Chair­woman Kelly Hoff­man, Vice- Chair­man for Fi­nance Bob Loveridge, Tom Grant and Dan Casale.

“I was happy to meet with lead­er­ship from Univer­sity at Al­bany’s School of Pub­lic Health, Univer­sity at Al­bany Foundation, state gov­ern­ment and Rens­se­laer County to dis­cuss the con­sol­i­da­tion of the Wadsworth Cen­ter,” said Ashby. “The suc­cess­ful and sto­ried re­la­tion­ship be­tween the Wadsworth Cen­ter and the Univer­sity at Al­bany has pro­duced world-fa­mous re­search and in­ter­na­tion­ally-renowned sci­en­tists, in­clud­ing Nobel lau­re­ate Joachim Frank. The state would be re­miss to pass up this op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue the growth of this pro­duc­tive part­ner­ship.”

On Tues­day night, mem­bers of the Rens­se­laer County Leg­is­la­ture unan­i­mously ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion also urg­ing the state De-

part­ment of Health to lo­cate the new re­search cen­ter at the UAl­bany East Greenbush cam­pus.

“The site is mar­velous, it’s prac­ti­cally shovel ready, it fits the com­mu­nity just per­fectly, and it fits the whole cam­pus just per­fectly,” said Grant, R-East Greenbush. “You’ve got a unique sit­u­a­tion here where you’ve got the cam­pus that cur­rently ex­ists, the town of East Greenbush is en­thu­si­as­tic about the site, the county is en­thu­si­as­tic about the site, it seems to be per­fect in ev­ery mea­sure pos­si­ble, and we hope that that com­bi­na­tion will pre­vail in the fi­nal de­ci­sion mak­ing process.”

Orig­i­nally founded as the State An­ti­toxin Lab­o­ra­tory in 1901, the Wadsworth Cen­ter has es­tab­lished it­self as a world leader in the pub­lic health in­ves­ti­ga­tion and re­search field. Wadsworth em­ploys state- of-the art

tech­nol­ogy to per­form a wide va­ri­ety of func­tions, in­clud­ing re­spond­ing to emerg­ing pub­lic health threats, reg­u­lat­ing clin­i­cal lab­o­ra­to­ries and over­see­ing pro­grams re­lated to breast can­cer, mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, stem cells and spinal cord in­juries.

“We live in the epi­cen­ter of tick-borne ill­ness and the Wadsworth Cen­ter con­tin­ues to be at the fore­front of vec­tor-borne disease re­search,” Ashby con­tin­ued. “This site pro­vides un­prece­dented sci­en­tific co­op­er­a­tion from academia, pri­vate en­ter­prise and gov­ern­ment en­ti­ties, pro­vid­ing an en­vi­ron­ment con­ducive to con­tin­ued ex­pan­sion and suc­cess. Ge­o­graph­i­cally, eco­nom­i­cally and sci­en­tif­i­cally, East Greenbush is the best lo­ca­tion for this new fa­cil­ity.”

PHOTO PRO­VIDED

Assem­bly­man Jake Ashby speaks with a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Univer­sity at Al­bany School of Pub­lic Health site in East Greenbush dur­ing a re­cent tour of the fa­cil­ity.

PHOTO PRO­VIDED

Some state of­fi­cials and county of­fi­cials are urg­ing the state De­part­ment of Pub­lic Health to build a new re­search cen­ter at the Univer­sity at Al­bany School of Pub­lic Health site in East Greenbush.

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