Mohawk Hospital Equipment moving jobs out of Utica, Marino asking why

The company is in the downtown hospital project footprint, and it's relocating to Little Falls.

Posted: Apr 25, 2019 1:10 PM
Updated: Apr 26, 2019 11:16 AM

UTICA, N.Y. -- The man challenging incumbent Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri, says the mayor is not being transparent and points to a business leaving to go elsewhere.

Mohawk Hospital Equipment is in the downtown hospital project footprint, and it's relocating to Little Falls.

Councilman and mayoral candidate Joe Marino says he supported a grant for company with the understanding it would stay in the city.

“The idea that we had our mayor tell us that we had - this business was going to move to the 1900 Bleecker Street property with a two million dollar grant attached to it, which I voted for gladly - I was very excited about keeping a business in the hospital footprint here, and then it turned out to be false and no explanation as to why,” Marino said.

That $2 million grant, however, was a "Restore New York” grant that was offered to any business willing to look at the old GE building.

WKTV went into our archives and found that we first reported on this grant opportunity in 2017. Utica got the grant, to market the site, in 2018.

Mayor Robert Palmieri says his opponent is: "misleading the facts."

“It was much more than they could afford to put in to invest. we worked with them diligently. that site, 1900 Bleecker Street was sold. That’s one of the reasons why we were very fortunate to reduce taxes this year and we continue to work with all of our investors while great things are happening in our city,” said Palmieri.

The sale of the old General Electric site went through in September. Bowers Development, out of Syracuse, is demolishing the building, and build a 100,000 square foot building.

CORRECTION: There is a Republican candidate in the Utica mayoral race, but according to his campaign manager, Matt Arcuri will not be campaigning until after the Democratic primary. 

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 376208

Reported Deaths: 30236
CountyConfirmedDeaths
New York City20594021782
Nassau407972132
Suffolk402391918
Westchester338541389
Rockland13297655
Orange10484444
Erie6359549
Dutchess3984142
Monroe3117230
Onondaga2329149
Albany1941112
Ulster171177
Sullivan140931
Putnam127060
Niagara109970
Oneida107758
Schenectady70630
Broome60552
Rensselaer49728
Saratoga49614
Columbia41134
Madison32315
Warren25628
Orleans24741
Steuben24641
Greene24218
Washington24013
Fulton21924
Ontario2199
St. Lawrence2072
Genesee2055
Tompkins1670
Chemung1372
Tioga13422
Chenango1335
Wayne1223
Livingston1217
Herkimer1153
Oswego1123
Cayuga982
Clinton974
Chautauqua974
Montgomery964
Cattaraugus925
Wyoming885
Delaware844
Jefferson750
Otsego735
Seneca610
Schoharie510
Allegany510
Cortland410
Yates396
Essex380
Franklin230
Lewis200
Schuyler120
Hamilton50
Unassigned00
Utica
Broken Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 72°
Oneonta
Scattered Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 72°
Herkimer
Broken Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 72°
Thendara
Broken Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 72°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
Senior Send-Off brought to you by Herkimer College
Menu 2 Go list of takeout dinners & fish fries
Apply to Go the Distance 2020
23 courses for only $79.99