Nexus Center payment talks reach stalemate

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UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR) – There’s a disagreement going on about who should pay for the half-complete Nexus Center that stands a short distance from the Adirondack Bank Center in Utica.

Andy Breuer, president of Hueber-Breuer Construction, the company tasked with designing the Nexus Center, called into the Oneida County Board of Legislators meeting. Hueber-Breuer has a pending lawsuit against Oneida County and the Upper Mohawk Valley Aud Authority for payment not received.

“Please finish what you started. Please help us negotiate and execute a standstill agreement,” Breuer said. “Stop hurting your neighbors.”

After the public comments were finished, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente took the floor.

He said that Oneida County never had the agreement with Hueber-Breuer, that it was never the County’s responsibility to pay the nearly ten million dollars owed. That responsibility, Picente said, rests with the Aud Authority.

We spoke with the Aud Authority’s Carl Annese about Picente’s comments, since Annese wasn’t at the board of legislators meeting.

He said that they had an agreement with Oneida County that they would back any bond that the Aud Authority took out, which they haven’t yet. COVID-19 hurt Utica’s revenue stream before the Aud Authority took out a bond, and now the three parties are at a stalemate.

With a disagreement over who is responsible for the payment, the steel continues to sit, exposed, in downtown Utica.

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