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In Or Out? Roefaro Indecisive On Assembly Screening

Utica, NY (WIBX) - Uitca Mayor David Roefaro wrote a letter this month to members of the Oneida County Democratic Committee expressing interest in the Assembly seat that will soon be vacated by RoAnn Destito. But, in an interview with WIBX today, Roefaro wouldn’t committ to actually going through the screening process for the party’s endorsement.

Roefaro said he does plan to attend Thursday night’s committee meeting, where a Democratic candidate will be selected, and would make a final decision sometime before then.

“By the time I get there I will have made up my mind,” he said.

He pointed to the significance of the seat, and the job of bringing state dollars to the area, saying he needs to determine how to best serve residents of Utica and the surrounding  area.

“I’m very worried [that] if I didn’t occupy that seat, who would occupy that seat and [would] they have the wherewithal to bring home the funding. On the other hand, I’m so committed to this city, I worry about not finishing the projects that we have here,” Roefaro said.

Anthony Brindisi, Paul Grande and Daniel Sullivan are the three other candidates who have written letters expressing interest in receiving the democratic nomination for 116th Assemby seat, according to the county’s Democratic Committee Chairman William Barry.

Destito is awaiting confirmation from the state senate before officially taking over as Commissioner of the State Office of General Services, after being nominated to the post by Governor Cuomo.

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