Utica Councilman and candidate for comptroller James Zecca is responding to colleague and fellow candidate Bill Morehouse's announcement that, if elected, he would do the job of Utica Comptroller for a salary of one dollar and no healthcare benefits.

In a written release sent overnight, Zecca calls the move "...nothing more than a desperate political ploy from a man (who) is clearly out-of-touch with the fiscal hardships being faced by the average Utican."

He asserts that Morehouse "was raised into personal wealth" and points to his push to eliminate health insurance for part-time employees and members of the Utica Common Council.

The statement was released shortly after 12:30am on October 3, 2013 as a response to Morehouse's comments during an interview with Councilman Joe Marino on WIBX on October 2, 2013.

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Bill Morehouse Says He Will Be Utica's Comptroller For $1 Salary And No Health Insurance If Elected [AUDIO]

On WIBX First News with Keeler in the Morning Utica Common Council President and Comptroller Candidate Bill Morehouse called in during fellow council member Joe Marino's appearance to make a surprising announcement. Morehouse says, if elected, he will do the Comptroller's job for a salary of one dollar and will not accept health insurance from the City of Utica.