State Pulls $300 Million Slated For New Utica Hospital
The $300 million dollars allocated for a new hospital in the Utica-area could be headed elsewhere.
The story was first reported on Tuesday at UticaOD.com:
The governor has developed new plans for the $300 million allocated for the hospital in the fiscal year 2016 budget, according to a statement released today by the New York State Department of Health.
Meanwhile, several local officials and Mohawk Valley Health System executives released a joint statement saying they're working to restore the funding:
Concerning the funding for a new proposed hospital in Oneida County, here is a joint statement from State Senator Joseph Griffo, State Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr., Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri and Scott H. Perra, FACHE, President & CEO of Mohawk Valley Health System:
Shortly after the Governor’s Executive Budget was presented last week, we became aware of a change involving the $300 million in state funding that had been allocated last year to build a new hospital facility in Oneida County.
Upon discovering this issue, we immediately began discussions with the Governor and his senior staff to correct the unanticipated change.
We do not doubt the Governor’s commitment to improving the healthcare system in Oneida County. To that end, we will be meeting this week with his senior administration officials to further discuss the matter to ensure the change is corrected.