Utica Mayor Rob Palmieri is being called out on his decision to move forward with the sale of the Kennedy Parking Garage, which is within the new MVHS Wynn Hospital footprint. Both Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente and MVHS have a different view of the facts Palmieri claimed during his Friday interview on WIBX.

Palmieri said Thursday that the city had struck a deal with the Pike Company and Bowers Development to purchase and refurbish the Kennedy Parking Garage and develop a new hotel with additional floors on top of it. He claimed his development partners MVHS and Oneida County were aware of the plans. Both County Executive Anthony Picente and MVHS claim that the move came as a surprise and are in contrast with their plans to build the new hospital, adjacent parking garage and an adjacent medial office building.

Picente told WIBX on Monday, Palmieri's claim that he tried to reach the County Executive "but his voicemail was full" is ridiculous. Picente said the Mayor has several ways to reach him and he seemingly chose not to do so.

MVHS claims they were also caught by surprise. "MVHS was surprised to learn on Monday that a press release would be issued by the City relating to the sale of the Kennedy Parking Garage to The Pike Company and Bowers Development for the development of a hotel over the Kennedy Garage. The Kennedy Parking Garage is connected to the former Mohawk Hospital Equipment (Mohawk Building), now owned by MVHS, which is being converted to serve as the new hospital’s Central Utility Plant. To date, $12 million has been invested in improvements to the building. The total investment in the CUP, when completed, will be $27 million. It is concerning that this sale was not discussed with MVHS given that the two buildings are connected and, in fact, when the Mohawk Building was purchased by MVHS, the organization maintained certain air rights over portions of the Kennedy Garage," MVHS stated.

The Mayor never talked about the fact that MVHS owns half of the air space over the Kennedy Parking Garage, and therefore, in order to "build up" which would be required to add a hotel, would require MVHS approval. Furthermore, the move by Palmieri, which still requires Common Council approval, puts into question the 200 parking spaces that were originally promised to MVHS in a previous Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). MVHS would be left to negotiate with the new owners going forward, at a time when they are in the middle of the hospital project, leaving current plans in limbo.

Mayor Palmieri said he spoke with MVHS and he claimed he gave them the chance to purchase the garage. MVHS says that never happened.

"We believe that the proposed development of a hotel in that location will be very complex and costly, and could negatively impact the hospital’s Central Utility Plant. In addition, we are concerned about the impact that the proposed Pike and Bowers development could have on the availability of parking as outlined in a Memorandum of Agreement signed by all parties," MVHS said in a prepared statement on Thursday.

MVHS also announced last week that they have also learned that the City of Utica "was working with Bowers to develop a competing medical office building" right adjacent to the new downtown hospital.

Is the City of Utica and Mayor Rob Palmieri actively working to compete with the new hospital?

Mayor Palmieri told WIBX on Friday that this is a "win-win" for everybody and it will put the Kennedy Parking Garage back on the tax rolls after he claims, a "$13 million investment is made to repair the building." Both the County Executive and MVHS disagree with that statement. Palmieri also told WIBX, after claiming he attempted to inform the county executive of the plan, that he couldn't share the sale information with the county executive because he had signed a non disclosure agreement (NDA). Picente told WIBX that statement is ridiculous.

"I've signed thousands of NDAs," Picente told WIBX. Picente said all Palmieri had to do was ask for him to also sign an NDA, something that would be customary for a government partner in any other situation.

There seems to be many problems with Mayor Palmieri's plan for Kennedy Garage. The issue of the air space alone, seems to be one that will complicate the project going forward. Additionally, placing the city at odds with its 2 biggest investment partners in Oneida County and MVHS, seems foolish and vindictive. The plans also seem a bit fishy and destined to fail.

As the saying goes, Only in Utica.

50 Most Popular Chain Restaurants in America

YouGov investigated the most popular dining brands in the country, and Stacker compiled the list to give readers context on the findings. Read on to look through America's vast and divergent variety of restaurants—maybe you'll even find a favorite or two.

LOOK: What major laws were passed the year you were born?

Data for this list was acquired from trusted online sources and news outlets. Read on to discover what major law was passed the year you were born and learn its name, the vote count (where relevant), and its impact and significance.

LOOK: Here is the richest town in each state

Just saying the names of these towns immediately conjures up images of grand mansions, luxury cars, and ritzy restaurants. Read on to see which town in your home state took the title of the richest location and which place had the highest median income in the country. Who knows—your hometown might even be on this list.

LOOK: Here Are 30 Foods That Are Poisonous to Dogs

To prepare yourself for a potential incident, always keep your vet's phone number handy, along with an after-hours clinic you can call in an emergency. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center also has a hotline you can call at (888) 426-4435 for advice.

Even with all of these resources, however, the best cure for food poisoning is preventing it in the first place. To give you an idea of what human foods can be dangerous, Stacker has put together a slideshow of 30 common foods to avoid. Take a look to see if there are any that surprise you.

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

LOOK: The most famous actress born the same year as you

Many of the actresses in this story not only made a name for themselves through their collection of iconic performances, but also through the selfless, philanthropic nature with which many of them approached their stardom. In an age of flipping the script on societal norms, many of these actresses are using their voices and platforms to be advocates for those who are otherwise unheard.

LOOK: The Most Famous Actor Born Every Year

LOOK: 30 fascinating facts about sleep in the animal kingdom

KEEP READING: Here are the most popular baby names in every state

Using March 2019 data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular names in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C., according to their 2018 SSA rankings. The top five boy names and top five girl names are listed for each state, as well as the number of babies born in 2018 with that name. Historically common names like Michael only made the top five in three states, while the less common name Harper ranks in the top five for 22 states.

Curious what names are trending in your home state? Keep reading to see if your name made the top five -- or to find inspiration for naming your baby.

LOOK: The most popular biblical baby names

To determine the most popular biblical baby names, Stacker consulted the name origin site Behind the Name and the Social Security Administration's baby names database then ranked the top 50 names from Behind the Name's Biblical Names origins list of 564 names, based on how many babies had been given these names in 2019. Click through to find out which biblical names have stood the test of time.