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Branden Block

Branden has been a journalist for more than 15 years, working in newsrooms around Central New York, Western New York and the Capital District, where he covered urban crime and political news for Albany's WRGB. During his career, he's served as the New York State  Television Chair for the National Press Photographers Association (TVQCC)  and has won numerous awards for his video journalism. Prior to joining the WIBX Newsroom, Branden worked with Governor David Paterson's 2010 campaign for Governor. A Mohawk Valley native, Branden enjoys covering Utica politics and public safety issues. You can hear him Saturday mornings from 6-9 on WIBX 950AM.
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Herkimer County Fatal Accident, Teen Dies

German Flatts, NY (WIBX) - State Police in Herkimer are investigating a fatal accident that occurred on State Route 5S in the Town of German Flatts.

Investigators say 14-year old Kali Guyer attempted to cross the road, running directly into the path of a vehicle driven by 24-year old Brent Keuhn, of Little Falls

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Gino Geruntino, WIBX.
Gino Geruntino, WIBX.
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Utica Common Council Defeats Plan to Reduce Size

Utica, NY (WIBX) - Last month they eliminated members of public safety and trimmed the city's budget, last night they failed to pass a vote that could have led to a reduction in Utica government. The Utica Common Council voted 6-to-3, defeating an idea to reduce the number of Common Councilors from 9 to 7

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Utica Police Department
Utica Police Department
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UPD Cruiser Involved in Motor Vehicle Accident

Utica, NY (WIBX) - A Utica Police officer was taken to a local hospital after a motor vehicle accident Saturday night.

According to authorities, Sergeant Michael Murphy and Michael Costigan, who was driving a pick-up truck, sustained injuries in the wreck

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Sergeant Dominick Nitti, Utica Police PBA President
Sergeant Dominick Nitti, Utica Police PBA President
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Utica Common Council: Deeper Cuts to Police & Fire

Utica, NY (WIBX) - The Utica Common Council has been examining Mayor Palmieri's city budget over the last few weeks, now the council is suggesting deeper cuts to police and fire departments.

Mayor Palmieri originally called for the reduction of 38 city employees, 11 from police and 6 from the fire department

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Image Courtesy Branden Block, WIBX
Image Courtesy Branden Block, WIBX
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Utica’s Common Council Trims Budget by 1%

Utica, NY (WIBX) - The Utica Common Council trimmed about 1% out of Mayor Palmieri's $60+ million dollar budget, that equates to just under $200,000.

Finance Committee Chairman and Councilor-at-Large Ed Buccerio says it's just a drop in the bucket

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Image Courtesy Branden Block, WIBX
Image Courtesy Branden Block, WIBX
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Utica Police & Fire Top Brass Meet With City Leaders

Utica, NY (WIBX) - The Utica Common Council's Public Safety Committee met with representatives from both the Police and Fire Departments over the weekend, the committee heard how both Chiefs plan to handle the anticipated reduction of their respective ranks

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Image Courtesy Branden Block, WIBX
Image Courtesy Branden Block, WIBX
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2% Tax Cap Override Debated By City Leaders

Utica, NY (WIBX) - The Utica Common Council has elected to reserve the right to override Governor Cuomo's 2% tax cap, the council voting to ignore the state's first-ever property tax cap 7-to-2.

If the override vote failed, according to Utica's Budget Director Peter Fiorillo, city layoffs could have approach triple digits

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