UTICA, N.Y. – A Utica councilman says he is doubtful the city will be able to fund its part of the new downtown hospital parking garage, as the city works to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
The City of Utica and Oneida County both committed to contribute to the project, but Fourth Ward Councilman Frank Meola says he doesn’t think the city can afford their portion.
"I don't think we'll be able to afford the $300,000. We don't have it. I'll tell you right now we do not have…the money for that parking garage,” he said. "I’m the head of the financial committee of the city of Utica with the common council. I would say 70% sure that we don't have the $300,000 to pay for that facility."
During his budget address earlier this week, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said he expects Utica to hold up their end of the deal
"The city made a commitment. I expect them to honor it the way we are honoring it," said Picente.
The City of Utica responded Friday, saying, "we are in the middle of our budget process. We will have a clearer idea when the budget is finalized in January/early February."