Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer will reportedly make a rare joint appearance in the North Country later this week.
One local official says New York’s senate delegation is tentatively scheduled to visit Saranac Lake Friday to talk about the community’s biotech future and veterans care in the Adirondacks.
The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is organizing the event. Sylvie Nelson is the organization’s executive director.
“To my recollection, and I’ve been here a few years now, it’s never happened that both Senators have been in Saranac Lake at the same time,” she said. “I think that’s good – they want to come and hear a little bit about some of the projects we’re working on.”
Those projects include Homeward Bound – a veteran’s reintegration and rehabilitation center – and an effort to establish a biotech cluster in Saranac Lake.
Earlier this summer, Saranac Lake officials announced that two biotech firms from Lake Placid – Myriad RBM and Active Motif – would relocate to property owned by the village.
Nelson says biotech has become an “emerging industry” in the Saranac Lake area.
Clyde Rabideau is mayor of Saranac Lake. He says it’s an “honor” to have both sitting senators visit at the same time.
“It isn’t common to have a ‘two-banger’ – both U.S. senators in New York State, one of the biggest states in the union, to be in Saranac Lake where the population is 5,400 on the same day at the same time,” he said. “It’s an honor and it’s an opportunity to have Senators Schumer and Gillibrand here in Saranac Lake so that we can voice our concerns and talk about our goals – and what a great opportunity for face time.”
According to Sylvie Nelson, the two senators are scheduled to appear together at North Country Community College at 9 a.m. Friday to discuss issues affecting veterans care.
Then, they’ll head out to the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear for a 12:30 p.m. session to discuss the budding biotech industry.
Representatives from Gillibrand’s office say details of the visit will be firmed up later this week, noting that schedules for both senators are in “flux” and that unforeseen events in Washington could change things at a moment’s notice.