Roefaro unveils "Master Plan" at the State of the City

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - As part of his State of the City Address, Utica Mayor David Roefaro outlined specific details of his "master plan". The plan was a large part of his 2007 campaign.
Tuesday, Roefaro promised to clean up the city of Utica, make it a safer place to live, and attract more business and jobs.  "Our journey won't be easy, but there is one thing we can not forget, there's no place like Utica," Roefaro told a full theater at Mohawk Valley Community College Tuesday.
In his second State of the City address, Mayor Roefaro said the first steps have been taken, but there are many more to come.

That is where his "master plan" comes in. These are the focus items outlined in the plan:
     - Economic Development
     - Environmental Protection
     - Infrastructure & Transportation Systems
     - Demographic Composition
     - Cultural resources, and Historic Preservation
     - Housing
     - parks
     - Neighborhood Areas
Roefaro says the items look closely at the the city's needs and opportunities to grow in the future.
Roefaro also promised, and outlined a variety specific goals Tuesday. Roefaro said he plans to fix and fill 3,000 potholes city wide. He says he will continue to combat illegal guns.
Roefaro also talked about "sprucing" up downtown by applying for a grant to re-develop 11 downtown buildings. The renovations would create housing, office , and commercial space, said Roefaro.
"He's very motivated. He has a plan in place, and I think he will accomplish those goals," said Utica Resident Ruth Concepcion.
Concepcion wasn't the only one who left pleased Tuesday night.  "If everyone in this community understands that (his plans)  and starts working together, it will be a piece of cake, this place can prosper. If we're all pulling in different directions you won't get anywhere," said Alan Pelesic.
Roefaro said Tuesday, he is still a little concerned about the economic stimulus funding. He says there is still no exact dollar amount Utica will receive. Roefaro says if the funding is less than the city expects, than some projects will be placed in jeopardy, such as the paving of city streets.

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