Pols push state to put new facility at campus
Urge state DOH to consider University at Albany’s East Greenbush campus
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.”
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.
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.