UTICA- The $500 million downtown hospital in Utica is bringing death threats to local planning board members. Just days after the planning board was declared Lead Agent in the downtown hospital plan, one Facebook user spoke out.
On Friday a Facebook user who is remaining anonymous, said on the #NoHospitalDowntown Facebook Page, “The politicians just want to line their pockets with your tax money....it's time to kill most of them...”
Shortly after, another user spoke out against this individual stating, “you have made some remarks on this page which are not acceptable, I’m not an [admin] of this page but it is needed to be said as to what is or isn’t allowed...”
Late Friday night State Police handed this case to the Utica Police Department. On Saturday Chief Mark Williams, of the Utica Police Department released his statement.
“We ended up speaking to him, at this time we feel there isn’t any immediate threat to any person that he may have pointed out in his post,” said Williams. “We don’t know if he was just blowing off steam or had some type of intent...and this is an ongoing investigation.”
After the City of Utica was declared Lead Agent of the multi-million dollar hospital on Thursday multiple Facebook users were irate. Those speaking out against the hospital are fighting that the the City of Utica’s Planning Board never read a 200+ SEQRA project document placed before them on Thursday night.
On Saturday WKTV caught up with Mayor Robert Palmieri to ask him if he thought this was a threat.
“Absolutely they are either mentally ill or they need to be arraigned and charged,” said Palmieri. “There is just no excuse for that type of behavior at any point.”
With concern after Wednesday’s tragic school shooting Mayor Palmieri said each one of these [threats] must be treated the same.
“We have to everyone of these very seriously,” said Mayor Palmieri . “All we have to do is know what happened in Parkland 17 young innocent children from somebody that just went in there and slaughtered them and unfortunately it could happen any place.”
The Utica Police department is currently contacting local politicians about this threat and will be following up on it on Monday morning. WKTV also reached out the the Admin of the No Downtown Hospital Facebook page and they have yet to respond.