Cerminaro makes his run for Utica Mayor official

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The City of Utica Comptroller made it official Monday, formally announcing a run for Mayor.

Cerminaro made the official announcement Monday in a released statement, where he said he would be actively circulating petitions during the Primary season in order to secure the Republican line for this year's General Election. At the same time, Cerminaro, said he will be seeking the endorsement from other parties, including Conservative and Independence parties.

"This decision comes after many years of serving the citizens of Utica as Councilman; Council President; Commissioner of the Department of Public Works; and currently as City Comptroller," Cerminaro said in his announcement. " The outpouring of support from the people of our area over the past several years, urging me to seek the office of Mayor, has been most gratifying!"

Cerminaro said that the experience he has gained over the past 25 years as a public servant has prepared him to deal with what he called the ongoing problems facing the area, and to offer solutions that he believes will move the city and the region forward in a positive fashion.

"Our problems are not insurmountable or unique just to our city," Cerminaro said. "With the proper plan of action that my administration will be offering, we can and will resolve the ongoing problems that we face, and at the same time, address the needs of our citizens, without raising taxes."

A vibrant and growing business community that creates jobs, streets that are clean and drivable and free from potholes, snow, ice, and debris, a financially stable outlook for the city and beautiful and safe neighborhoods, are all attainable goals that will be the focus of his administration, Cerminaro said.

"We can and will accomplish all these goals that will make our city the showcase that it deserves to be," Cerminaro said. "I am asking the people of our great city for their support, not only at the ballot box come September and November, but to 'roll up their sleeves' and pitch in with me to help us make this all happen, so that we can move our city forward, together."

For the Republican line, Cerminaro will face Robert Cardillo in a primary. On the democratic side of the ballot, Utica Common Council President Bill Morehouse and former Codes Commissioner Robert Palmieri have said they will be running as well.

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