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N.Y. Gubernatorial Candidate Spitzer Says His Administration Would Advocate For 10-Year, $1B Stem Cell Research Proposal

June 11, 2017

New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer (D) on Wednesday said if elected governor of the state, he and his administration would advocate for a 10-year, $1 billion bond referendum to pay for stem cell research and other medical research, the New York Times reports. Speaking at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, N.Y., Spitzer said the funds -- which would be subject to voter approval statewide -- are supported by the "vast majority of New Yorkers" and would be "dollars very well spent" (Lambert, New York Times, 4/13). In order for the proposal to be put on a statewide ballot, it would have to gain approval by both chambers of the state Legislature and be signed by the governor (Fouhy, AP/Long Island Newsday, 4/11). State Sen. David Paterson (D), whom Spitzer has picked as his running mate for lieutenant governor, developed the proposal, according to the Times (New York Times, 4/13). Paterson on Tuesday while speaking at Columbia University Medical Center said that he and Spitzer support research utilizing unused embryos from in vitro fertilization clinics if donors grant consent. He added that both he and Spitzer oppose human cloning (AP/Long Island Newsday, 4/11). Spitzer and Paterson also plan to advocate for a ban on human cloning, to appoint a board that would review stem cell research projects and help prevent duplication of projects, and to create a bioethics review panel, according to the Times. Spitzer is running for the Democratic nomination for governor against Nassau County, N.Y., Executive Tom Suozzi, whose campaign and county offices on Wednesday did not return a request for his position on the proposal (New York Times, 4/13).

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