African Crested Porcupines born at Utica Zoo

Utica, NY – Utica Zoo is excited to announce the birth of two African Crested Porcupines (Hystrix africaeaustralis) to parents, Kutarna and Darius. The delightful offspring, known properly as “porcupettes” were discovered on May...

Regional Theater Adds to Quality of Life

By Roger Chambers Live theater productions are alive and well in the Mohawk Valley. Broadway Utica provides excellent shows at the Stanley Theater, such as the “Phantom of the Opera” sequel “Love Never Dies” last...

Attorney General and Acting Tax Commissioner Manion Announces Arrest of Former Broome County Restaurant...

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN AND ACTING TAX COMMISSIONER MANION ANNOUNCE ARREST OF FORMER BROOME COUNTY RESTAURANT OWNER FOR FAILING TO REPORT AND PAY SALES TAX  Robert Niederriter and His Former Business, Buffalo Head Bar & Grill, LLC,...

AG Underwood-Announces Major Prison Sentence For Repeated Fraudster Who Scammed Many

A.G. UNDERWOOD ANNOUNCES MAJOR PRISON SENTENCE FOR REPEATED FRAUDSTER WHO SCAMMED HIS OWN MOTHER, GIRLFRIENDS, AND VETERANS Franklin Marone Will Serve a Total of 10 1/3 To 29 Years in State Prison for Concealing Over...

35th Rosary Crusade-A Great Success

This 35th Rosary Crusade, held Sunday, October 1, was an event to behold as this year’s Crusade also coincided with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the famous miracle of Our Lady of...

Albany Supreme Court Has Ruled, Claims Opposing MVHS SEQR Have Merit, Case To Advance

Utica - In a significant legal victory, opposition to the destruction of downtown for a sprawling hospital, has not been thrown out by Albany Supreme Court. Over six months ago, the Mohawk Valley Health System and the City of Utica requested a legal challenge to their SEQR process be thrown out. However, earlier this week the court upheld a lawsuit by opposition parties; follow this link #NoHospitalDowntown Legal to find a copy of the the Decision & Order from Justice Mackey. The City of Utica Planning Board and MVHS must now address the merits of the lawsuit’s claims, this according to Brett Truett, cofounder of #NoHospitalDowntown. “We expect further procedural maneuvering by MVHS and the Planning Board, however we continue to be both financially and legally well-positioned to defend the public‘s wishes against this urban renewal scheme. The public was shutout on this, so we have no alternative but to fight for justice.” Cofounder Jim Brock, added “This is a major setback to the Planning Board and MVHS. The Albany Court’s decision means anything MVHS is doing is totally at risk. While it appears NYSDOH has advanced a small portion of funds “promised” by the planned $300M grant, we believe MVHS will not get full State funding until the SEQR issues are resolved in their favor. We contend, and today we see the court agrees, the SEQR documents and process were flawed.” Formed on August 22, 2015, #NoHospitalDowntown will continue opposition on this and any other legal fronts. Continued options remain for both sides, but the original SEQR lawsuit claims were not dismissed, so opposition is on track in spite of demolitions. Mohawk Valley Health System has already bulldozed over nine properties, they include; - A carriage house - Metzler Printing - Former Bergers Department Store (Norm Seakan TV & Appliances) - Jones Building - Haberer Building - John Bosco House (and former St. George Church) - And most recently the former home to Heidelberg Bakery at 430 Columbia Street. “Many buildings remain, as well as the historic Columbia Lafayette Neighborhood (CoLa) street grid,” group member, Donna Beckett added. She continued, “Nobody is fighting against hospital improvements, but silver bullet proposals that erase streets and neighborhoods have long been proven to be terrible mistakes.” Truett, and group member Joe Cerini, as well as three other property owners that MVHS has been unable to win-over, seem to not be be going anywhere either. So the fight to save downtown is alive and well. Websites for more information are Better Utica Downtown and #NoHospitalDowntown. (Online with links, please see: http://www.nohospitaldowntown.com/press-release-2019-12-27.php) # # # # Contact Info: Brett Truett #NoHospitalDowntown Call/Txt: +1(315)794-0401 #NoHospitalDowntown was co-founded by two business owners and former board members of Utica’s Chamber of Commerce following disturbing calls from hospital board members in 2015. The hospital is seeking to abandon a 64-acre hospital campus and construct a new hospital downtown. This concept would require demolition of historical buildings and streets and threatens over 40 businesses. Both the Utica Chamber and the Genesis Group have never allowed them to share their concerns with their boards or membership.

Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers About Progress on COVID-19 Pandemic

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available...

It’s high time New York cut the cord with Spectrum Cable

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi of Utica today issued the following statement, reacting to news that the State Public Service Commission today began the process of revoking Charter Communications right to provide service in New York...

Cornell Cooperative Extension Partners With Local Food Producers for the Food Box Program

Myron Thurston of Madison County CCE and Marty Broccoli of Oneida County CCE assisted both assisted Upstate Growers and Packers and Smith Packing with their submission of applications for the USDA AMS Farm to...

US Rep. Claudia Tenney- A No Show on Native Issues

By Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk When current US Rep. Claudia Tenney began her campaign for national office there was hope among many Native people that she would become an advocate for those concerned about the...
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