On Thursday, June 7, the Central and Northern New York Building and Constrction Trades Council held a rally at the State Office Building in Utica to support the construction of a new downtown hospital.
This was a great opportunity to take advantage of the $300 million the state is allocating for a “state of the art” hospital and to help revitalize downtown Utica.
All our members volunteered to participate in this rally because we fear that if this project does not move forward, we will lose the state funding. We also feel that a hospital located in the heart of downtown will revive the area and encourage development of all other businesses and housing;.
Based on meetings held with the building trades and future developers, the opportunity of future projects and investing is dependent on the progression of the downtown hospital and the surrounding area.
We will continue to dedicate our time attending future rallies in order to bring awareness to the impact that a new hospital would have on our community as a whole.
From an organization that respects all other opinions, we were disappointed to see the false accusations and photo shopped pictures from the rally. These were posted by another group to intentionally reflect poorly on our members.
The building trades will continue to support our local community in a respectful manner and advocate for better healthcare for all.
— Tom Zalocha, business agent, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 112, Oriskany, area representative for the building and construction trades.