Utica Aud needs updating and expansion

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JOC

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Mar 20, 2009
 
Don't you think it's about time, the city gets behind the Aud to help them update the place, to clean it up, and expand it?

Since: May 14

Clifton Park, NY

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May 25, 2014
 
JOC wrote:
Don't you think it's about time, the city gets behind the Aud to help them update the place, to clean it up, and expand it?
It received over 2.5 million dollars in updates and still sits empty. Great management esche and Duross.
Taxpayer

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Jun 1, 2014
 
$2.5m? According to the state, county, and Esche-y himself, that is half of what the Utica Auditorium received. I'm basing that on d-bag Cuomo's press release dated June 14th, 2013, and Esche's interview with that idiot Keeler ( http://wibx950.com/rob-esche-talks-about-moha... ).

So $5m in total "investment" monies from state coffers but what does the Aud have to show for it? A fresh coat of paint and a couple of cheesy video boards? Come on.

I understand that many of the upgrades needed under the original $2.5m influx are upgrades that individuals can't see (HVAC, locker rooms, weight room(s), etc) BUT while I don't always agree with Dave, I have to agree with him that something is beyond fishy when it comes to the agreement the county and "Mohawk Valley Garden" (a nice cover of simply saying "Esche and DuRoss") have. With that $5m, that Aud was supposed to be completely retrofitted with new parking, suites (ha), new sound system, et cetera and, according to Esche's own words, those additions were to be completed by the end of this summer... haha right. Unless they have a phantom construction crew over there, nothing is going on at the Aud (construction-wise or event-wise) so my question is: where exactly can I find an itemized listing of what was spent out of that $5m? I understand filing a FOIL request could, in theory, produce said documentation (highly doubtful though) but where is the outrage over what is quite frankly a fleecing of taxpayer money?

Also of note is that, as it was widely reported last year, the upgrades to the Aud (not just the basic ones) were specifically tied to Vancouver's affiliate agreement with the Comets... seems like this will provide a nice out for Vancouver following the 14-15 season due to due to a breach of contract on the part of "Mohawk Valley Garden", the Comets, and the MVAA.

I don't often agree with "Utica Lies and Riggies" but he is absolutely right in his criticism of what is going on with Esche, Usmail, Duross and the Aud.

Oh well, at least you can't blame the parent organization when the AHL leaves Utica this time.

Since: May 14

Sedona, AZ

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Jun 1, 2014
 
Taxpayer wrote:
$2.5m? According to the state, county, and Esche-y himself, that is half of what the Utica Auditorium received. I'm basing that on d-bag Cuomo's press release dated June 14th, 2013, and Esche's interview with that idiot Keeler ( http://wibx950.com/rob-esche-talks-about-moha... ).
So $5m in total "investment" monies from state coffers but what does the Aud have to show for it? A fresh coat of paint and a couple of cheesy video boards? Come on.
I understand that many of the upgrades needed under the original $2.5m influx are upgrades that individuals can't see (HVAC, locker rooms, weight room(s), etc) BUT while I don't always agree with Dave, I have to agree with him that something is beyond fishy when it comes to the agreement the county and "Mohawk Valley Garden" (a nice cover of simply saying "Esche and DuRoss") have. With that $5m, that Aud was supposed to be completely retrofitted with new parking, suites (ha), new sound system, et cetera and, according to Esche's own words, those additions were to be completed by the end of this summer... haha right. Unless they have a phantom construction crew over there, nothing is going on at the Aud (construction-wise or event-wise) so my question is: where exactly can I find an itemized listing of what was spent out of that $5m? I understand filing a FOIL request could, in theory, produce said documentation (highly doubtful though) but where is the outrage over what is quite frankly a fleecing of taxpayer money?
Also of note is that, as it was widely reported last year, the upgrades to the Aud (not just the basic ones) were specifically tied to Vancouver's affiliate agreement with the Comets... seems like this will provide a nice out for Vancouver following the 14-15 season due to due to a breach of contract on the part of "Mohawk Valley Garden", the Comets, and the MVAA.
I don't often agree with "Utica Lies and Riggies" but he is absolutely right in his criticism of what is going on with Esche, Usmail, Duross and the Aud.
Oh well, at least you can't blame the parent organization when the AHL leaves Utica this time.
It's seems like a total scam. The money was used to enhance the building for their own private business.

...and the aud still sits empty another week.

Since: May 14

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Jun 1, 2014
 
comets uc wrote:
<quoted text> sound system was installed last summer, parking is being done now, suites bids came in too high, and your not fooling anyone no matter how many names you post under.....
Yeah I know it's hard for you to believe more than one person sees through the bs. Try again.

Since: May 14

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Jun 4, 2014
 
...and the crap aud sits vacant another week. Wonderful job mr esche and mr Duross.

Since: May 14

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Jun 5, 2014
 
Utica Lies and Riggies wrote:
...and the crap aud sits vacant another week. Wonderful job mr esche and mr Duross.
Next month too.

Since: May 14

Clifton Park, NY

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Jun 6, 2014
 
Busy weekend at the newly upgraded aud.

Not really. Lol!

Since: May 14

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Jun 6, 2014
 
Utica Lies and Riggies wrote:
Busy weekend at the newly upgraded aud.
Not really. Lol!
Lol!

Since: May 14

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Jun 7, 2014
 
2.5 million bucks later and it sits empty! Lol!
insider

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Jun 8, 2014
 
Construction will start within 2 weeks.

Since: May 14

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Jun 8, 2014
 
insider wrote:
Construction will start within 2 weeks.
Really? With no accepted bids? Lol!

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