Utica, NY (WIBX) - As expected, the bill allowing the City of Utica to run its ambulance service indefinitely, passed in the state assembly. The bill introduced by Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, aims to remove the provision mandating that the city apply for a Certificate of Need every two years, to keep operating.

Earlier this year, a state appellate court ruled in the city's favor, allowing it to proceed with its ambulance business, despite objection from its main rival Kunkel Ambulance Service. However, the favorable ruling came with the requirement to reapply by-annually for the Certificate of Need. The bill is now headed to the Senate for consideration.