It was proposed by lawmakers as Adirondack Health studies options for ways to cut costs at the Lake Placid facility and throughout its health-care system.
With two hospitals about 9 miles apart, Adirondack Health is working toward a fiscal recovery plan that responds to immense financial loss it sustained this year from federal-aid cuts and sequestration.
Officials have discussed a plan to convert the Emergency Department at the Lake Placid hospital into an immediate-care center.
The hospital in Lake Placid has two inpatient beds. But the Emergency Department is open and staffed 24/7.
And that resource is something that many people, including elected officials, have said they do not want to lose.
Concerning state-wide bills of local interest, the START-UP NY legislation was approved by the State Assembly Friday afternoon. North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas said the Senate was expected to pass the bill later Friday night.
The measure would mainly allow for creation of tax-free zones at SUNY campuses to attract new, out-of-state or existing businesses that plan to expand.
Douglas said the legislation is a historic connection between the power of the state’s higher-education system and economic development.
“It creates a very powerful tool which can really be used in the North Country to pursue some of our region’s strategic economic opportunities,” he said via email. “It is already energizing curiosity and interest from Canada and elsewhere.”
Douglas said the measure is an opportunity for the SUNY campuses in the tri-county area — SUNY Plattsburgh and Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh and North Country Community College, which has a presence in Saranac Lake, Malone and Ticonderoga.
“Working in collaboration with other SUNY campuses in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties and with the advanced manufacturing program at Clarkson, which is already a regional innovation center, one can see an extremely attractive network of academic, research and training assets to bring to bear,” he said.
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