Ten months after firing him, Roefaro endorses Palmieri for mayor


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Utica Mayor David Roefaro fired fellow Democrat Robert Palmieri from his job as the city's Codes Commissioner in January, and now ten months later, he's done an about face.

Monday afternoon, Roefaro endorsed Palmieiri to take his job and become the next Mayor of Utica.

Palmieiri is running against four other candidates.

Earlier this year, Roefaro decided not to run, and although he never gave any details regarding his January firing of Palmieri, on Monday he said Palmieri is the best candidate to continue the work he has done over the last four years.

"We don't need to grind axes, we don't need personalities, clashes, we don't need that," Roefaro said. "We need to move forward. So when you have a disagreement, if you have a change of heart, or whatever it may be, we need to move Utica forward and Rob is the guy to do that."

Palmieri says he is very happy to get the current mayor's endorsement as well as that of Governor Andrew Cuomo and hopes those two endorsements help him Tuesday at the polls.

Palmieri is up against four other candidates in an historic race - Republican Michael Cerminaro, Conservative and Independence candidate Robert Cardillo, Rainbow Party Candidate Ernie Sanita, and Green Party Candidate Robert Clemente.

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