This post comes from Daily News reporter Lisa Demer. (Cornell is the company that Anderson is accused of trying to help in exchange for money.)
On Nov. 17, 2004, Rep. Tom Anderson testified at a state hearing on whether Cornell should be certified to operate a residential adolescent treatment center Downtown.
Hundreds of Alaska children are being sent Outside for residential psychiatric treatment and, at the time, both Cornell and North Star Behavioral Health System were vying to operate 60-bed psych treatment centers for kids.
In the end, Cornell withdrew its proposal to put the center in the old MacKay annex and North Star built its center.
Snippets from Anderson’s testimony, according to the transcript:
"... And I heard a couple days ago that this meeting would be on, and I was eager to come out as the sponsor last year of a bill which passed which licensed guardians and conservators of seniors and disabled adults. I come here essentially in the same spirit on behalf of Alaska's children. And I just want to advocate -- I'll be quick -- that I would like to see these kids be brought back into Alaska.
"I particularly felt of interest was Cornell's -- I don't have a connection with any of the groups here other than just as an interested part, as a legislator and parent of younger kids, but certainly can sympathize with parents in this circumstance."
"... And then finally as a member of this (tape malfunction) of the House Finance Committee subcommittee on corrections, I was able to work -- and I'm not here on behalf of any group, and certainly I don't know folks from North Star, but I know their lobbyist. He's a friend and I respect him very much. But with Cornell, I have met with administrators and see how they function and work, and certainly could endorse them to that end, at least with what they have shown me (tape malfunction.)”