Judge dismisses legal challenge of New York hospital’s $480M expansion

The group argues that the evaluation board did not appropriately consider the historical nature of the area that is being taken down and did not completely examine an alternative area for the health center..

No Hospital Downtown, a Utica group formed in opposition of the expansion, sued, arguing the state-mandated environmental review procedure that granted approval of the job was “fatally flawed.”.

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New York City Supreme Court Justice Bernadette Clark has dismissed a lawsuit against Utica, N.Y.-based Mohawk Valley Health System over its $480 million growth task, according to the Utica Observer Dispatch.

The health system began on the 672,000-square-foot health center in downtown Utica late last year.

In her Oct. 22 decision, Ms. Clark said that since No Hospital Downtown failed to look for injunctive relief or a stay from the state Supreme Court on the project “they themselves are complicit in this task having reached its present innovative phase. Therefore, this Court discovers that petitioners stopped working to make sufficient efforts to safeguard their rights and, as an outcome, this debate has been rendered moot and should be and is dismissed.”.

Alia Paavola –
Friday, October 23rd, 2020

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