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Mayor Roefaro: "Master Plan" unveiled tonight

By By PAT BAILEY

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Utica Mayor David Roefaro will deliver his second State of the City Address, Tuesday at Mohawk Valley Community College.

The mayor says many topics will be addressed, including his master plan, that he promised taxpayers when he was running for office two years ago. Roefaro says you can not move forward with anything, like a city, without having a plan.

A few items in that plan, include an infrastructure initiative, an initiative to help make the city cleaner, and a gun control plan. The gun control plan could be so tough it could grab national attention, said Roefaro's assistant Angelo Roefaro.

Roefaro says the fact that the state reached a deal on a budget, that will keep most funding for the city flat, does not not affect his plans.

However, he said uncertainty about how much stimulus funding the city will get could affect his future plans.

Despite all that, and putting numbers aside, Roefaro says the state of Utica is in pretty good shape.

"You have to remember, Utica, has not experienced the real highs when it comes to the housing market, but they have not experienced the real lows. This is still a community where the quality of life is the best. People can make a modest living and still get by and live with a family of four for a modest salary. You can get by in Utica." said Roefaro.

Roefaro says in the past 90 days, more than 300 jobs have come to the city, and a few other small businesses have opened up downtown.

The State of the City will take place at Mohawk Valley Community College at 6 p.m.

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