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Below are a few back-and-forth email messages regarding the MV500 project. They are taken from a Trove Of Oneida County Emails Regarding The Utica Hospital: a.k.a. #Emailgate. We see Steve DiMeo talking about inserting language of the downtown hospital concept into the submission. The idea was to win $500 million, where $100M would be used to bulldoze downtown and prepare the site. The region lost this bid, yet somehow they have kept the hospital dream going.

Page numbers are in bold text, the Red text shows where email contents appear to be deleted, or redacted; seemingly signaled by only a single "-" or double "--" (dash/dashes).


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From: Anthony Brindisi

Sent: Monday, September 21, 2015 10:59 AM To: Steven DiMeo Cc: Picente, Anthony Subject: Re: FW: Press Release I agree wholeheartedly!

On Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 10:13 AM, Steven DiMeo wrote: Suggested that Scott tone down his press release a bit to not draw attention to the $$$. I sent back my revision highlighted below: Scott I would recommend that the following sentence below be modified: “We recognize that a new hospital downtown can provide a catalyst for the revitalization of the City of Utica and the entire Mohawk Valley. However, this decision is contingent upon receiving additional assistance from our governmental partners. We need their support”. I would suggest the following: “We recognize that a new hospital downtown can provide a catalyst for the revitalization of the City of Utica and the entire Mohawk Valley. We look forward with working with our governmental partners and local business and community leaders on moving this option forward.”

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I would rather keep the notion of additional funding for the project less pronounced at this juncture as we work through the URI process. Steve

-- Anthony J. Brindisi Brindisi, Murad, Brindisi, & Pearlman LLP. 2713 Genesee Street Utica, New York 13501 Phone: 315-733-2396 Fax: 315-733-7933 Web: www.bmbplawyers.com Email: abrindisi@bmbplawyers.com

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From: Steven DiMeo Sent: Monday, September 21, 2015 10:14 AM To: Picente, Anthony; Anthony Brindisi (abrindisi@bmbplawyers.com)

Subject: FW: Press Release Attachments: IMAGE.xxx Suggested that Scott tone down his press release a bit to not draw attention to the $$$. I sent back my revision highlighted below: Scott I would recommend that the following sentence below be modified: “We recognize that a new hospital downtown can provide a catalyst for the revitalization of the City of Utica and the entire Mohawk Valley. However, this decision is contingent upon receiving additional assistance from our governmental partners. We need their support”. I would suggest the following: “We recognize that a new hospital downtown can provide a catalyst for the revitalization of the City of Utica and the entire Mohawk Valley. We look forward with working with our governmental partners and local business and community leaderson moving this option forward.” I would rather keep the notion of additional funding for the project less pronounced at this juncture as we work through the URI process. Steve

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From: Steven DiMeo Sent: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 7:00 AM To: Anthony Brindisi (abrindisi@bmbplawyers.com); Picente, Anthony; Geer, Robert (rgeer@sunypoly.edu); Larry Gilroy (LTG@gkginsurance.com) Cc: Tompkins, Kenneth (ktompkins@esd.ny.gov)

Subject: Downtown Rvitalization Initiaitve - MVHS This is the paragraph that I had incorporated into the draft of the URI as an enabling investment under STEM Intensive Industries. The most exciting transformational opportunity under consideration is taking a 34-acre section of downtown Utica and redeveloping it for a new health care campus that is being considered by MVHS who is looking to replace three aging hospitals with a new state of the art healthcare campus. Downtown Utica is an option as hospital officials, government and community leaders see the downtown site as a complementary investment given what is happening less than 10 minutes away at SUNY Poly and the game changing announcements that were made by the Governor in August. This $500 million investment would bring 4,000 jobs to downtown and complement reuse of key commercial buildings that could be positioned for downtown housing that will change the identity of downtown Utica and change the image of downtown from a declining commercial center to a vibrant downtown that has a new economic vision. The hospital project may include opportunities to incorporate a medical innovation element into the planning that could link SUNY Poly and Masonic Medical Research Laboratory and other life science partners that could focus on nano-bio opportunities. A similar paragraph was in the chapter under Vibrant Communities: An unprecedented development opportunity to remake Utica’s skyline is possible with plans to reclaim 34 acres of largely vacant, underutilzed and functionall obsolete properties in downtown Utica and transform that area into a new healthcare campus, with opportunities to incorporate medical innovation that will link the new healthcare campus possibly with SUNY Poly, Masonic Medial Research Laboratory and other strategic partners to build on the region’s emergence as a tech economy. The proposed site is bounded by major highways and commercial arteries and is bounded by exciting transformational investmetns underway at Baggs Square, the Landmarc Building, Utica Auditorium and other pivotal commercial buildings that are ripe for redevelopment. With the consolidtion of all three local hospitals in the Greater Utica area under Mohawk Valley Health Services (MVHS), plans are underway to site a new state of the art hospital and healthcare campus with downtown being one of the prime development options under consideration as opposed to locating a new healthcare campus in the suburbs. To support a

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downtown option, MVREDC Will consider URI funding for site assemblage, demolition, infrastrucure modifications and construction of parking structures to leverage the $500 million that MVHS would need to invest to build a new campus.

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From: Caruso, Delores (LABOR) Sent: Monday, September 14, 2015 3:14 PM To: sjdimeo@mvedge.org Cc: Picente, Anthony; Anthony Brindisi (abrindisi@bmbplawyers.com) Subject: RE: MVHS - Hammes Can you talk?

From: Steven DiMeo [mailto:sjdimeo@mvedge.org] Sent: Monday, September 14, 2015 3:13 PM To: Caruso, Delores (LABOR) Cc: Picente, Anthony; Anthony Brindisi (abrindisi@bmbplawyers.com) Subject: RE: MVHS - Hammes That is not what I got from Bob and Ken.

From: Caruso, Delores (LABOR) [mailto:Delores.Caruso@labor.ny.gov] Sent: Monday, September 14, 2015 2:23 PM To: Steven DiMeo Cc: Picente, Anthony; Anthony Brindisi Subject: RE: MVHS - Hammes I’m not sure he’s being negative just cautious.

From: Steven DiMeo [mailto:sjdimeo@mvedge.org] Sent: Monday, September 14, 2015 11:58 AM To: Caruso, Delores (LABOR) Cc: Picente, Anthony; Anthony Brindisi Subject: Re: MVHS - Hammes What is causing Andrew to be negative on this

Sent from my iPhone On Sep 14, 2015, at 10:54 AM, Caruso, Delores (LABOR) wrote: Good morning. Anthony’s idea will definitely be viewed positively in Albany bit also will show universal support for the project.

From: Picente, Anthony [mailto:apicente@ocgov.net] Sent: Friday, September 11, 2015 3:47 PM To: Caruso, Delores (LABOR); Anthony Brindisi Cc: sjdimeo@mvedge.org Subject: RE: MVHS - Hammes

Steve/Anthony I am willing to do anything as well, as long as we all ante up something. I can do a part of this or do something on the appraisal process. Might be better to set up an account that deals with all

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areas so we can move money where needed, and put enough in so that we don’t have to keep going to the well or wells. Thoughts? Tony


The above emails were the result a FOIL Process and all pages can be seen here Oneida County Hospital Foil Emails


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