SARANAC LAKE — Federal and state political leaders are pressuring a major science research center to stay here.
Sen. Charles Schumer said he called Trudeau Institute Director Dr. David L. Woodland, looking to link the research institute with clinical facilities elsewhere in New York.
Trudeau has undertaken a feasibility study reviewing a slate of options for growth and expansion.
Concerned that the renowned research facility may relocate, State Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) met with officials at Trudeau two weeks ago, wrote to each member of its Board of Trustees and has brought the matter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's attention.
Little said Thursday that she understood the company had fielded offers to add clinical partners in the South.
"Trudeau would build a whole facility at another site in either North Carolina or Florida. They're talking about a separate building with space for entire research teams. I think there's an interest from some of the researchers to be close to a place where they can do clinical trials," Little said.
Trudeau has occupied a campus on Lower Saranac Lake since it opened in 1964, about 10 years after Trudeau Sanitarium closed.
The facility was built as an extension of the pursuit of immunological research begun in 1884 by Dr. Edward L. Trudeau, who searched to find a cure for tuberculosis.
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Schumer urged Trudeau to build from its home base.
"For 126 years, the Trudeau Institute has been a pioneer and leading research facility in the field of infectious diseases," he said in a statement.
"They've done research to help families avoid getting sick and to make our men and women serving in uniform safer — all while employing hundreds of New Yorkers.
"Trudeau has accomplished all of this from Saranac Lake, and I am committed to doing everything I can to keep this leading facility and economic engine right here in the Adirondacks."
Schumer Press Secretary Matt House told the Press-Republican Thursday that the call looked to connect Trudeau to in-state clinical research partners.
"Senator Schumer personally (offered) his assistance in connecting the Trudeau Institute with clinical research facilities in New York City and around the state to help the institute expand its reach and plan for the future."