One of New York's senators has reached out to officials at the Trudeau Institute, imploring them to stay in Saranac Lake.
According to a release issued by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer's office, the Democrat personally called Trudeau Director Dr. David Woodland, urging him and the board of directors to - quote - "keep the Institute right where it is, in Franklin County."
During the phone call, Schumer reportedly pledged his assistance in establishing partnerships with other New York-based clinical research programs.
The goal, Schumer says, is to help Trudeau expand its research capabilities for the future.
Trudeau is located in Saranac Lake and employs 134 people. Last year, reports surfaced that Trudeau was considering relocation as part of its long-term strategic plan - although officials with the institute said any announcements regarding a potential move wouldn't be made until this spring.
Dr. Woodland told Senator Schumer that no decision has been made at this point.
Schumer says Trudeau Institute has been a pioneer and leading research facility in the field of infectious diseases for more than a century.
"During that time 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," he said.
"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."
Clyde Rabideau is mayor of the village of Saranac Lake. On Tuesday's edition of "Ask the Mayor" on WNBZ, he said keeping Trudeau in Saranac Lake is one of his goals for 2011.
He adds that he appreciates Schumer's input on the situation.
"As a statewide elected official, the Senator might be pivotal in helping to forge linkages with some of our state's other great R&D facilities that could help Trudeau grow right here in the Adirondacks," he said.
While speaking with Dr. Woodland, Schumer said Trudeau's natural surroundings have proven to be a key factor in attracting the research talent necessary for the institute to excel.
He also stressed the importance of the facility to the local economy.
Schumer also told Trudeau officials he would do his best to help secure future grant funding from the National Institute of Health in the field of infectious diseases.