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Utica Common Council urges agreement between Time Warner and WKTV

By CAROLINE GABLE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Utica Common Council met Wednesday night and urged WKTV and Time Warner Cable to meet in good faith and in a timely manner to solve the current dispute.

Councilman Frank Vescera pointed out during the caucus meeting that in no way is the council trying to take sides. The council feels because so many people look to WKTV when it comes to many public safety issues, it's vital the dispute is resolved.

Councilman Jerry Kraus says as a public official, he has constituents approaching him wanting WKTV back on Time Warner Cable. They say road closings and school closings are missing from their daily routines. Kraus also feels affected by the loss of WKTV on Time Warner because of his involvement in the Stevens-Swan Humane Society. "There are a lot of other things that we are hearing from non-profits and from other organizations who miss the local tv station on the cable system... including myself at the Stevens-Swan Humane Society where we have our biggest fundraiser of the year coming up. Its a scheduled telethon just a few weeks away so that could have an impact on what happens at the shelter. There are a lot of other groups watching what's happening with the negotiations," said Kraus.

Councilman Jerome McKinsey also said tonight that he wants to see Time Warner make it easier to get WKTV back on cable in anyway possible.

A cable committee already exists and they plan to address the future of the city's agreement with Time Warner, but right now they're evaluating all their options.

UPDATE: The Resolution brought to the floor at Wednesday's City Council meeting, asking for both sides in the Smith Media - Time Warner Cable dispute to resume dialog and negotiations is attached to this story under related content.

It passed unanimously.

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