Woodstock planning forges ahead; 1st responders express concern

The CEO of Amcare Ambulance, in Rome, remembers Woodstock '99 well.

Posted: Jul 3, 2019 5:34 PM

The CEO of Amcare Ambulance, in Rome, remembers Woodstock '99 well.

"We had to stage ambulances across the boulevard because we couldn't cross Black River Boulevard. We couldn't cross the route 49 arterial. We had to have people staged on the other sisde 24 hours a day for five days because we couldn't get to the residents on the other side if we didn't do that," says Paul Taylor. When contacted by the current Woodstock planners about providing ambulances for transport during the event, planned for Vernon Downs, in August, Taylor declined.

"And I told the promoter and my director of operations told the promoter that we are not interested in doing anything on site at all. We are primarily and always concerned about the city of Rome, the towns that surround the city of rome," said Taylor. "We're busy enough. Every day, we're busy enough."

Hamilton College hasn't said yes or no...yet. The college confirms they've been contacted by state police, asking them to house troopers for the weekend of Woodstock, August 16-18. They're meeting next week to go over the details and see if they can reach an agreement. If they do, it'll be close; classes start the week after the concert.

State Health Department officials have not returned our emails over the past two days, asking if Woodstock has applied for the required mass-gathering permit, and if it's been granted. State DOH said on June 18th they had not yet applied.

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