No Hospital Downtown filing lawsuit against MVHS, others in Albany

The next step is moving the battle to an Albany court room.

Posted: May 9, 2019 1:28 PM
Updated: May 9, 2019 5:29 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- "No Hospital Downtown" is taking the next step to block a new 64 acre hospital campus from being built in Columbia-Lafayette neighborhood in downtown Utica.

The next step is moving the battle to an Albany court room.

The group, and its supporters are filing a lawsuit Thursday in Albany against Mohawk Valley Health System, the planning board of the city of Utica, state Office of Parks and Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the Dorm Authority of New York.

Jim Brock, from No Hospital Downtown feels there are two reasons to file in Albany that two of the agencies are based there and – a fair shake.

“The powerful people behind pushing the devastation of the Columbia-Lafayette neighborhood, are certainly powerful enough to have a lot of friends sitting currently in the supreme court locally. They are campaigns that have to be financed. Many are financed by the same people that want to bulldoze our historic downtown,” said No Hospital Downtown’s Jim Brock.

Robert Scholefield, the executive vice president/COO forMVHS said in a statement:

“At this point, our legal team has not received any filings. We will continue to move forward as scheduled with the new regional medical center in Downtown Utica.”

Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri also released a statement on the lawsuit saying:

"The city of Utica has not been served with legal papers so we cannot comment on any specific suit. However, we’ve worked hard to make sure the process was lawful, and we’re confident it was. We’ll continue to build and grow our downtown."

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