April 4, 2017 - Surprise, but now let's use it at St. Luke's!- We thought we would see a huge press conference, many NYS grant department and DOH heads, a happy MVHS awardee, but no...
January 19, 2017 - Hospital Money Safe, But Where Is It?
One has to wonder where in the new state budget is $300 million for an Oneida County Hospital? The Utica Newspaper & Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi say it's there!
The "grant funds" per New York State Grants Website are said to be over a 5-year period. That implies ($300/5), or $30 million a year towards the project for 5 years.
Oddly last year when Utica Hospital Funding Was Pulled it was later reported that Govenor Cuomo would use $100 million of the $300 million hospital funding for the Marcy Nanocenter. How does one pull $100 million of funding that wasn't even officially offered until a Grant Application Process opened in November 19, 2016 and will not be awarded until February 2017?
New York State budgeting and political explanation of spending sure is murky!
Our group #NoHospitalDowntown is working to spare downtown Utica from an ill-conceived hospital and the unnecessary destruction of numerous buildings as well as historic streets, and alleys - an entire historic district it would wipe-out!
New York State is offer funding and this page will track the granting process. Locally taxpayers are being told that the "Hospital Money Is A Gift from Albany"
Per MVHS President & CEO Scott Perra on September 20, 2016, "Officials in Albany tell us they are getting close to their final recommendation and the requirements that we will need to meet, it has taken longer than we anticipated, but this is a unique gift that we are receiving and one that does not have precedent."
However New York State does not "have the money", it will be "debt in the form of a bond". The bond would carry fees and interest, money that New York taxpayers will need to pay beyond their regular taxes. So the $300 million dollar "gift", is more equal to another $375 million in "taxes"!
Dates that we've watched during the process for...
Legislation written: Summer/Fall 2014
"Money" placed into budget: March 2015
Grant Released: November 22, 2016
Grant Application Due: January 31, 2017
Anticipated Award: February 15, 2017
The grant funding would have a greater impact on healthcare if invested at St. Luke's and the Faxton Hospital campus locations. If applied to a downtown hospital, funding would act to not only destroy Downtown Utica's historic Columbia-Lafayette Streets Neighborhood, but there are many healthcare disadvantages as well.
Take action, join us on Facebook and Twitter, spread the word and we can turn-away this silly hospital concept with your help! Together we can seek better health care, keep downtown authentic, walkable and a place that people want to live and tourists will visit.