Utica Councilman Frank Vescera talking about Utica's financial situation just one day before Mayor Robert Palmieri is scheduled to release his 2013-2014 budget proposal. He joined WIBX First News with Keeler in the Morning on Monday:

  • "You anticipate the best, prepare for the worst."
  • "I think they're going to be very rough."
  • Need to look at the way we address this. Unless you make structural changes to the way we do business, we're going to [go through] this next year, and the next year and the year after that.

Vescera thinks the council should have say in approving union contracts as a way to control costs. "One person negotiating all those contracts...is not a good thing."

As an example of one of his concerns over union contracts, Vescera uses the Utica Fire Department as an example: All firefighters who successfully pass a CPAT (physical examination test) shall receive a stipend of $500 for each year they pass the CPAT, Vescera said.

The councilman believes such a stipulation would never garner enough support to pass the council.

Vescera also wanted to clarify that his issue is with management officials, not with the union employees.