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UPD: Common Council Candidate punches polling worker in face, will face charges

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A political battle became a real-life battle Tuesday night for two candidates vying for the Utica Common Council First Ward.

According to Utica Police, First Ward candidates Frank Vescera (D) and Ed Hill (R) were at Kennedy Plaza Apartments, a polling location, when they got into a verbal argument. Police said Hill became angry with Vescera and accused him of congregating in close proximity to the polling table. During the confrontation Hill allegedly “chest bumped” Vescera.

Witnesses at the scene told police that Michael Colon, a poll watcher, intervened in an attempt to separate Hill and Vescera. Colon was not very successful, telling police it was then that Hill turned his attention to Colon, shoved him and punched him in the face with a closed fist.

UPD was then contacted, but by that the time they arrived, both Hill and Vescera had left the scene. Utica Police said Colon has filed charges of second-degree harassment against candidate Ed Hill.

As of Tuesday evening, Hill was not in custody, but Utica Police said they were looking for him.

Colon suffered no injury as a result of the incident.

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