Highlights of Utica Mayor Rob Palmieri's appearance on WIBX First News with Keeler in the Morning: 

Last year the city started the budget process with an $8 million deficit. That doesn't change overnight, Palmieri said.

  • "We're doing everything we can possibly do at this point. We've been bare bones. Roughly 85% of our budget is contractual."
  • "The unions won't be happy with me. The people won't be happy with me."
  • "We can cut and cut and cut. But, we need economic development."

Response to criticism about the lack of a budget, and his absence at council meetings:

  • Referring to the council, "Some of the grandstanding, it goes with the territory."
  • I prefer not to go to the council meetings, that is their meeting.
  • I speak with five or six councilors on a regular basis.
  • ''My focus is only one focus, moving our city forward.''
  • Budget will be out on February 19th.

The full interview can be found in two parts here: