Assemblyman, UAlbany try to woo new health building to East Greenbush

May 28, 2018 05:14 PM

An Assemblyman is joining UAlbany officials in pushing for the relocation of a health building from Albany to East Greenbush.

The university and Republican Assemblyman Jake Ashby of Castleton are trying to convince the state Department of Health to build its new $750 million Wadsworth Center at the school's Rensselaer County Health Sciences campus.

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A new report says it would make more sense to build it in Albany on New Scotland Avenue near existing labs. However, Ashby says East Greenbush has a 98-acre plot of land that would be perfect.

"It's an area that is primed for growth. I think it's been neglected over the past couple of years, more than a couple of years and we are hopeful that we'll see a resurgence," explained Ashby.

The Wadsworth Center is known for its cutting-edge research and serves as a national bio-defense lab and testing lab for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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