Congressional candidate Kim Myers joined Utica Mayor Rob Palmieri today on his weekly quality of life sweep.

The Democrat from Broome County has been visiting Utica for the past week to get a feel of the city and says she wanted to see first hand how the sweeps work.

"The type of person I am is hands-on," Myers said. "I don't want to just read about it and come to my own conclusion of what it's like, I want to actually see it and I want to participate in it, so that's why I'm here today and I'm very excited about that."

Palmieri said he has met with Myers before and invited her to the sweep because she wanted to learn more about the City of Utica.

"I think anytime you can have either an elected official or a candidate to really immerse themselves into the streets, it's a great indication that that's the type of person we need representing us," Palmieri said.

Palmieri added that the visit is not an official endorsement of Myers from the Mayor's office.

Meanwhile, Myers gave a statement reacting to current Congressman Richard Hanna's decision to vote for Hillary Clinton for President in November, saying she gives Hanna credit for his character and sticking to his own beliefs.

"Ultimately I hope people don't always vote by party lines because that's not the way our system was designed," Myers said. "Everybody including Congressman Hanna has a constitutional right to vote whatever way that they want."

The Democrat from Broome county will face Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, and Little Falls businessman Martin Babinec for the 22nd District seat being vacated by Hanna at the end of the year.