Common Council President weighs in on eminent domain

Utica Common Council President Michael Gilame has also come out publicly against the use of eminent domain for the downtown hospital project.

Posted: Apr 18, 2018 11:12 PM

At Wednesday night's common council meeting, Gilame talked about his stance on eminent domain in regards to the proposed downtown hospital.

Gilame argues that it should only be used with just cause, after due process which he says hasn't happened yet in this case. He also said that MVHS should be working directly with the property owners.

Galime said that Congresswoman Tenney's statement should help bring light to this issue.

"I think her official statement from her platform is important because it does add credence to the fact that this is a federal issue," said Gilame. "There's a lot involved in this process and if people truly do want to move forward any further than they are, I think they do need to take pause and really think about what has been done up until this point, how the private individuals that are affected have been involved in the process and really come to an understanding of what can and cannot be done here."

Gilame said in the case of the downtown hospital the use of eminent domain would be premature at this point because the process has only begun.

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