Rabideau to Woodland: 'Thanks'

The mayor of the village of Saranac Lake sent a letter to the president and director of the Trudeau Institute last week, thanking him and the organization's board of trustees for choosing to remain in the Adirondacks.

In a letter dated Feb. 8, Clyde Rabideau tells Dr. David Woodland that the Trudeau board's decision is a "confirmation of our 126 year bond to one another and a call for greater cooperation and support."

Late last year, employees of Trudeau and local officials were concerned that the institute may leave Saranac Lake as part of a long-term strategic plan.

But those concerns were dashed in January when the Trudeau board of trustees voted to remain in Saranac Lake.

That decision prompted relief - and praise from elected officials like Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Bill Owens.

Writing on behalf of the board of trustees, Rabideau pledged that the village would support Trudeau in its future endeavors.

Specifically, Rabideau says the village will look to develop a new street access to state Route 3 from the Trudeau Institute. He also says the village will aid in the construction of an incubator building.

"Until then and far beyond, please know our absolute willingness and desire to help you and Trudeau Institute stabilize and grow for the generations to come," Rabideau wrote.

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