Former Utica Councilman James Zecca has formally announced he's running once again.

Zecca will be running as a Republican for one of the open Utica Council-at-Large positions. He has previously served on the Council as a 2nd district representative and Councilman at Large.

Zecca is a resident of South Utica and has been an active community leader in the Utica Neighborhood Block Association. Zecca says, "We must, now more than ever, be a city that is open and transparent to everyone. We must seek new and innovative ways to tackle modern day problems and we must be sure to include the community as a whole in this process. The days of the machine politics and gatekeepers must end. I will strive to build coalitions and consensus."

Zecca is currently employed as the Director of Solid Waste and Sanitation for Madison County. He has served in that capacity for over 29 years and helped develop a successful long-term solid waste management plan for that county. He has received and will be running on the Republican, Conservative and Reform Party Lines.