Introduction: Proof of the hospital's site selection process has now been re-confirmed. Hand-in-hand politicians, Mr. Steve DiMeo president of Mohawk Valley EDGE, and legal/lobbying firms worked to drive a new hospital concept into Downtown Utica.
Their hope was to accumulate heaps of money and favor from Albany and keep the process "low key" so public opinion would not become an issue. Public opinion was managed until finally they held "community listening sessions", but only after the downtown site was no longer up for debate.
Then on January 9, 2018 #NoHospitalDowntown began to release a few emails obtained by FOIL, they were taken for Here. The news media picked up on this, and after 48 hours the politicians' only defense was to act quickly, they had the UticaOD release "all" the Emails, perhaps hoping the storm would pass. Below we'll document the story and fallout... (
Read the emails - Here are just a few, but it is clear that politicians and MV EDGE guided the hospital into Downtown Utica...
From: Anthony Brindisi [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 2015 3:22 PM To: Steven DiMeo; Picente, Anthony Subject: Downtown Hospital
There is a Facebook group called No Downtown Hospital (link below) that is up to 300 members. I seem to remember the legislation stating there has to be community input on location. To date, I don't believe the hospital has done any of that. Members of the group include people like Ryan Miller from the Thinkubator, Michele Truett from the Downtown Development Association, John Brown from Coldwell Banker and a certain State Senator to remain nameless. I am not sure adding your name to the group means your're opposed.
Anthony J. Brindisi Brindisi, Murad, Brindisi, & Pearlman LLP. 2713 Genesee Street Utica, New York 13501 Phone: 315-733-2396 Fax: 315-733-7933 Web: www.bmbplawyers.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org -- Anthony J. Brindisi Brindisi, Murad, Brindisi, & Pearlman LLP. 2713 Genesee Street Utica, New York 13501 Phone: 315-733-2396 Fax: 315-733-7933 Web: www.bmbplawyers.com Email: email@example.com
From: Anthony Brindisi [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 6:38 AM To: Steven DiMeo Cc: Picente, Anthony Subject: Re: Hospital
I'm getting mostly positive comments. I spoke to several business owners downtown who were very excited. There are some comments on my FB page about traffic, why a new hospital, loss of tax base, etc. These comments can easily be combated in a thoughtful response. That's why I think the op-Ed is a good start.
On Sep 2, 2015, at 6:36 PM, Steven DiMeo wrote: This sounds like Brock. All emotion and no substance. I am curious as to who on the board he claims to be representing. The noise from an ambulance is just pure BS. Those of us who live near hospitals are not bothered by fire trucks or ambulance sirens. Psych Center site is near a fire house. Fire trucks don’ make noise?
On Tuesday, February 3, 2015, Steven DiMeo wrote: I asked Lisa Nagle of Elan to provide me with a proposal to help with site study and capacity analysis for siting new hospital.
From: Anthony Brindisi [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2015 9:09 PM To: Steven DiMeo Cc: Picente, Anthony; Larry Gilroy (LTG@gkginsurance.com) Subject: Re: Hosptial Project We debated Health budget today in the Assembly Democratic Conference. We discussed the hospital and I advocated for it. Except for one member, there was not much resistance so I'm guessing the Assembly supports it. I hope Senate does the same.
From: Steve DiMeo Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 9:14 PM To: Anthony Brindisi Cc: Tony Picente , Larry Gilroy Subject: RE: Hosptial Project I think downtown is doable but it will require extra funding that is likely only to come from URF. We need to make sure that Tobe sees this as transformational. He is the only person I have talked to date who pissed on this as a project. Everyone else who I have talked to sees this as a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring prosperity and vitality to downtown Utica.
On Feb 3, 2015, at 9:30 PM, "Larry Gilroy" wrote: Would you like me to reach out to Scott to
From: Steven DiMeo Sent: Friday, July 17, 2015 7:16 PM To: 'Picente, Anthony'; Anthony Brindisi (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: FW: Utica - MVHS Attachments: image001.jpg I am not sure what Scott is doing. Alicia said he called my office and said that he wwanted URI to include $82 M without any restriction on location.
And there are always the hospital administrators' voices to confirm this...
MVHS CEO Perra: "Politicians Said Money Is For Downtown Only"
MVHS COO Scholefield: ""Our politicians are the ones..."
January 11, 2018 - The politicians dump a bunch of emails into the lap of the newspaper, officials emails about the downtown hospital project. Withhold many from MVEDGE, but offer two partially redacted emails...
Emails provided by Oneida County re: downtown hospital (710 pages, PDF)
Single Email (partially redacted) from Steve DiMeo, September 14, 2015 (PDF)
Single Email (partially redacted) from Steve DiMeo, November 14, 2015 (PDF)
Today's other hospital news stories and coverage...
Spectrum Local News, CNY: Emails About New Utica Hospital Project Leaked
WUTQ Talk Of The Town: Brett Truett and Jim Brock Discuss Hospital Emails