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.