November 2, 2017 - Today Mr. Lou Poccia, candidate for City of Utica, 1st Ward, Common Council thanked Mr Matthew J Downs - candidate for Oneida County Legislator, 19th District (South Utica) - for also signing the #NoHospitalDowntown Pledge.
Learn more about Matthew on Facebook at: Matthew J. Downs for Oneida County Legislator. Mr Downs' opponent has been a county legislator for 16 years and has advocated for bulldozing Downtown Utica for a 5th hospital district.
Matthew and his fiancé are residents of South Utica. Currently Matthew is a teacher in the Rome City School District. As a first time candidate Matthew is running to help make a positive impact on South Utica neighborhoods. His platform includes enacting term limits for all elected officials in the Oneida County government. Also Matthew will advocate a reduction in unnecessary government spending such as the proposed parking garage for a downtown hospital, a project he opposes.
Matthew's opponent also recently voted to place the expense of a planned $43M downtown parking garage onto the backs of City of Utica and Oneida County taxpayers for the next 30 years. Mr Downs will work to place the hospital at St. Luke's where there is room for surface parking.
Lou Poccia, candidate for City of Utica, 1st Ward, Common Council
Jim Zecca, candidate for City of Utica, At Large, Common Council
Frederick Nichols, candidate for City of Utica, 5th Ward, Common Council
Frank Gentile, candidate for City of Utica,
Matthew Downs, candidate for Oneida County Legislator, 19th District (South Utica)
These #NoHospitalDowntown candidates are sponsoring rides to the Utica Polls on Election Day Tuesday, November 7th from 9AM to 9PM. If you need assistance in getting to your local polling place, please call (315) 280-8322.
Not sure where you are to vote this year? You are urged to call Oneida County Board of Elections at (315) 798-5765 to confirm your official polling place.
We are not against a new hospital, we just want to spare Downtown Utica from another round of destructive urban renewal and place the new hospital at St. Luke's.