Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri will be seeking another term in office.

Palmieri announced his candidacy Monday afternoon at the Delta Hotels by Marriott in downtown Utica, surrounded by family and supporters.

He was first elected Mayor in 2011 and a change in term limits has allowed for him to run for a third term..

“I love Utica and want what’s best for this community.  I want my children and grandchildren and our young professionals to have the opportunity to stay and prosper here" said Palmieri.  "While I am very proud of our Administrations accomplishments, there is more work that needs to be done.  I'm asking Utican's for their vote and support so we can finish the job we started and ensure Utica reaches its full potential."

Utica Councilman Joe Marino has also announced his intention to run for Mayor this year.

Marino issued the following statement on Palmieri's announcement

Today's announcement by Rob Palmieri comes as a surprise to no one, given that he spearheaded the effort to override the voters and change the term limits to allow him to seek a third term in office.  If I am fortunate enough to be elected mayor I will immediately move to return the term limits back to the length that the Utica voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of.  My administration will give a voice back to the taxpayers that they don't have now. I won't govern in a manner as to protect my own job and bypass the will of the voters.  I look forward to taking my message to the people at their doorsteps and creating a true partnership with them to move Utica forward and create a bright future for our children.