U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spent Friday in the north country – starting with a tour of Myriad RBM, a biotech company in Saranac Lake, hopping to SUNY Plattsburgh to discuss cross-border commerce, and ending with an announcement at Clarkson University in Potsdam about a new bill aimed at spurring jobs in science and technology. The bill is called the America Innovates Act, and it creates what Gillibrand calls “an innovation bank,” which would provide money to help bring ideas from scientists and researchers into commercial production.
After her announcement, Gillibrand told reporters the bill has a number of co-sponsors, and they are hoping to introduce it and get a vote on it by the end of the year. She admits the election season could get in the way of that. Gillibrand says her day in the north country is not a campaign swing – she says it’s part of doing her job as a Senator representing New York.
Gillibrand faces Republican Wendy Long, an attorney from New York City, in November.