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Utica Common Council Defeats Plan to Reduce Size

Gino Geruntino, WIBX.

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.

Councilor-At-large, Jim Zecca drafted the legislation, he believes the city’s population has decreased enough to merit 2 less Councilors-at-Large. Committee Finance Chair and current Councilor-at-Large Ed Bucciero thinks the current number of elected city officials is perfect. Some of those who voted against the reduction stated that not enough time went into discussing the idea. If the resolution had passed, the public would have voted on the council’s reduction in a referendum vote later this year.

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