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Moment of silence and prayer before Election Day

By HILARY LANE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The 61st Annual Prayer Breakfast hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Utica was held at the Radisson hotel Monday.

Dozens of people were in attendance, including the Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, and the two candidates running for the newly created 22nd congressional district, Congressman Richard Hanna and Dan Lamb.

The idea is for people of all different backgrounds in the area to unite, take some busy time of their days to pray, and focus on the greater good of the community.

"It's just about coming together and realizing that spirituality as a component of the work that we do in the community," said Diana Haldenwang, President of the Kiwanis Club of Utica. "It doesn't matter if we are Christian, or Jewish, or any other of the other number of religions that are here. We welcome all of that."

Everyone in attendance also observed a moment of silence for people impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

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