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MV500 / Upstate Revitalization Fund

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In 2015 a large group around the Mohawk Valley worked on plans to revitalize various communities. Here in Utica, the media said our Mohawk Valley group was competing in what was dubbed the hunger games of economic development.

As you'll see below, 207 people signed-on, and or worked on that plan. We've investigate the MV500 Application. It's a plan that called for this Bulldozing A Huge Part Of Downtown Utica, An Entire Neighborhood! Their plan had an almost hidden rendering of a Downtown Utica Hospital Concept. Again we say, "Not so Fast!" Utica cannot afford to bulldoze 1/4 of its Central Business District, nor can our small city financially support or do we Require A 5th Hospital District.

Our region did not win the $500 million, so the hospital plan stalled, great! But how many of these people truly wished to bulldoze downtown Utica? Do they still feel this way? For now #NoHospitalDowntown has to assume they all did. However, as they come forward to refute this, we will immediately update this page to reflect that...

Regional Council Chair

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul

Mohawk Valley Regional Co-Chairs

Lawrence T. Gilroy III- President Gilroy, Kernan & Gilroy, Inc.
Dr. Robert Geer- Senior VP and COO SUNY Polytechnic Institute


Ralph Ottuso, Chairman, Fulton County Board of Supervisors
Vincent Bono, Chairman, Herkimer County Legislature
Kathleen Clark, Chair, Otsego County Board of Representatives
Joseph Griffo, NYS Senate- District 47
Dayton King, Mayor, City of Gloversville
William Magee, NYS Assembly- District 111
Matthew Ossenfort, County Executive, Montgomery Co. Board of Supervisors
Robert Palmieri, Mayor, City of Utica
Anthony Picente, County Executive, Oneida County
Ann Thane, Mayor, City of Amsterdam*
Richard Lape, Chairman, Schoharie Co. Board of Supervisors

Council Members

Ladan Alomar, Executive Director, Centro Civico Inc.
Juanita Bass, Owner, Juanita's Soul Classics Inc.
Steven J. DiMeo, President, Mohawk Valley EDGE*
Marianne W. Gaige, President & CEO, Cathedral Corporation
Charles Green, President & CEO, Assured Information Security*
Wally Hart, Business and Community Development, Lexington*
Dr. Todd Hutton, President, Utica College*
Mark Kilmer, President, Fulton-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce
Carolyn A. Lewis, SUNY Oneonta*
Nicholas O. Matt, Chairman & CEO, Matt Brewing Company*
Mary Morse, Owner, Kwik-Kut Mfg*
Nancy Pattarini, President & CEO, The Paige Group
Michael J. Reese, Retired
V. Daniel Robinson II, President & CEO, NYCM Insurance*
Dr. Renee Scialdo Shevat, President & Owner, Herkimer Diamond Mines
Dr. Dustin Swanger, President, Fulton-Montgomery Community College*
Scott White, President, Bank of Cooperstown*
* Denotes Executive Committee Membership

Executive Staff

Kenneth M. Tompkins, Executive Director
Delores Caruso, DOL Representative and Team Leader


Anthony Picente Oneida County
Patricia Knuth The Arc Otsego
Jeff Katz Village of Cooperstown
Robert Lambe Town of Marcy
Jim Giombetti B&B Ranch
Dan McCoy Darman Manufacturing Co. Inc.
Carlena Fochi Ficano Hartwick College
Ralph Ottuso Fulton County Board of Supervisors
Jon Stead Fulton County Board of Supervisors
Geoff Peck Nathan Littauer Foundation
Karl Gustafson Montgomery County
Matthew Ossenfort Montgomery County
Kenneth Rose Montgomery County Economic Development
Gail B. Breen Fulton, Montgomery & Schoharie Cos. WIB
Dr. Dustin Swanger Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Vincent Bono Herkimer County Legislature
Stephen Smith Herkimer County Economic Development
James Wallace Herkimer County
William Cherry Schoharie County
Sandy Mathes, Jr. Otsego County Economic Development
Tim Noonan Old Forge Properties
Andrew Santillo Montgomery County
Peter Rayhill, Esq Oneida County Attorney
Ryan Miller thINCubator
James Mraz Fulton County Planning Department
George Joseph Oneida County Legislature, Northstar Orchards
Dr. Randy VanWagoner Mohawk Valley Community College
Sarah Blood Montgomery County
John Romano The Fountainhead Group
Laura Casamento Utica College
Jake DiBari City of Rome
Christian Mercurio Empire State Development
Sonny Greco City of Utica
Kirk Hinman Retired, Rome Strip Steel
Bob Geer SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Alicia Dicks The Community Foundation of Oneida & Herkimer Counties, Inc.
Nicholas Matt Matt Brewing Company
Hans Arnold Gerhardt Consulting, LLC
Steven DiMeo Mohawk Valley EDGE
Kenneth Tompkins Empire State Development
Dan Robinson NYCM Insurance
Craig Gelbsman Otsego County
John Swann SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Brian Thomas City of Utica
Christopher Guldner Schoharie County Tourism
Christian Talgo Nail Creek
Sean Jordan Schoharie County
Christopher Lawrence City of Utica


Workforce & Opportunity Agenda

Dr. Dustin Swanger, Fulton Montgomery Community College
Carolyn Lewis, SUNY Oneonta
Alice Savino, Workforce Investment Board of Herkimer, Madison, and Oneida Counties
Dr. Randall VanWagoner, Mohawk Valley Communit College
Gail Breen, Fulton, Montgomery, and Schoharie Counties Workforce Investment Board
Ladan Alomar, Centro Civico of Amsterdam, Inc.
John Stemen, Office of Assemblyman Brindisi
Mark Barbano, Economic Analyst, Department of Labor
Laura Cohen, Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc.
Christian Mercurio, Empire State Development

Tourism Development Team

Kelly Blazosky, Oneida County Tourism
Gina DaBiere-Gibbs, Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce
Mayor Jeff Katz, Village of Cooperstown
Barbara Ann Heegan, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce
Ken Meifert, National Baseball Hall of Fame
Mark Kilmer, Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce
Geoff Peck, Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home
Mighty Waters & BOA Implementation Group
Mayor Ann Thane, City of Amsterdam
Paul Beyer, NYS Department of State
Jeff Jones, New Partners for Community Revitalization, Inc.
Karl Gustafson, Montgomery County
Christopher Lawrence, City of Utica
Matt Andrews, City of Rome
Paul Romano, O’Brien & Gere
Christian Mercurio, Empire State Development
Jake DiBari, City of Rome
Geoff Peck, Nathan Littauer Foundation

Land Use & Livable Communities

Alicia Dicks, Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc.
Fred Arcuri, Mohawk Valley EDGE
J. Caroline Williams, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Jake DiBari, City of Rome
Elizabeth Horvath, Otsego County IDA
Bob Lambe, Town of Marcy
Shane Nickel, Schoharie County
Laura Cohen, The Community Foundation of Oneida & Herkimer Counties, Inc.
Ryan Miller, thINCubator
Geoff Peck, Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home

Agriculture & Food Systems Thinktank

Dr. Jason Evans, SUNY Cobleskill
Christopher Guldner, Schoharie County Tourism
Rebecca Morgan, Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship
James Giombetti, B&B Ranch
Jim Manning, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Vincent DeSantis, Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market
George Joseph, North Star Orchards
Don Smyers, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie and Otsego Counties
Jim & Cindy Barber, Barber’s Farm
Pete Oberacker, FormTech Solutions
Margi Neary, Village of Sharon Springs


Randall VanWagoner, Ph.D.
Jane Kulczycki
Donna Dvoracek
Rosemary Bonacci
Brenda Wolak
Lisa Kaiding
Nick Rose
Frederick Lieber
Kevin Van Detta
Robert Lambe
Michael Pentaris
David Casullo
Neil Rosenbaum
Gail Wood
Gene Allen
Kelly Ulrich
Beth Irons
Gary Hartman
Robert Smith
Kelly Blazosky
Robert Albrecht
Elizabeth Marosek
Mark Greene
Joe Johnson
Carlena Ficano, Ph.D.
Joanne Ernst
Kyle Jenks
Larry Bascom
Al Turo
William C .Gaetano
Mary Carol Chruscicki
Joan Cullen
Maria T. Abraham
Ed Talerico
Barbara Ann Heegan
Debra Richardson
Cyndy Andela
Ron Peters
Ken Rose
Paul MacEnroe
Thomas A. Rahn
Alice Savino
Vincent Gilroy
Carolyn Lewis
John J. Calabrese
Tammy Wilson
Andria Heath
Bob Scholefield
Joan Drummond
Mary Lyons Bradley
Randy Smith
Tolga Morawski
Doug Plummer
Mike Dorsino
Ann Peconie
Bill Rabbia
Jan Squadrito
James Dean
Deborah Grimshaw
John Scarano
Patrick Michel
Tim Reed
Kevin Crosley
Thomas Roehl
Chester Cohen
Ryan Siepiola
Fred Quist
Immaculata M. Lieber
Karl Schrantz
Jamie Place
Monika Burczyk
Margaret Brown
Amber McGiver
JoAnn Ballard
Jennifer Potter Hayes
Louis B. Tehan

Letters Of Support

The Genesis Group

Cornell R2G (Rust-2-Green)

Chris Talgo

Pezzolanella Construction Company Inc

Crane Ballou LLC

If you see your name above, or someone that does not support the Downtown Utica hospital, come forward to refute this. Simply send an email:

Hey, I'm Against The Downtown Utica Hospital Concept!

We will immediately update this page to reflect it.

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No Studies, No Reports, thus we remain #NoHospitalDowntown