FREDONIA – Officials in the Village of Fredonia are pushing for the release of state funding for a new hospital project in northern Chautauqua County.
The Village Board discussed a letter Monday from Trustee Jim Lynden asking Governor Kathy Hochul to release $74 million in state funds designated for the project.
Lynden, along with fellow Trustee Michelle Twitchell, took part in a rally last week touting support for the hospital plan, which would construct a new facility near East Main Street in Fredonia.
The hospital faces a June 22nd deadline to purchase the property where the proposed new facility will be built, which is why Trustee Lynden is pushing to release the state funding.
“What ways heavy on the people of this region is that the construction has not begun yet, and the current, outdated Brooks Hospital facility, will undoubtedly close soon,” said Lyden. “What is known, is that the loss this project will have a profound negative impact on the quality of life for this region’s people.”
However, not everyone in the community is in favor of the project, with a group protesting to keep the medical center within the City of Dunkirk.