Utica Mayoral candidate Ernie Sanita talks about his priorities

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - He's running under the Rainbow Party instituted by former Utica Mayor Ed Hanna, and he doesn't want a paycheck, leased car or gas card. Ernie Sanita says he just wants to be Mayor of Utica.

On Thursday morning, the former real estate worker held a press conference at the Hotel Utica.

Sanita says he'd run the city like a business. High up on his agenda was ending the ambulance fight by getting rid of the Utica Fire Department Ambulance service, which he says only supports a high pension plan.

Sanita says he would also put building inspections back to the Codes Department. Even though he doesn't have a major party affiliation, Sanita says what he's hearing as he walks the campaign trail tells him he can win the race.

"If you look at a lot of the stores in the business community, I think you've seen my signs," Sanita said. "I haven't seen signs going in stores since Ed Hanna, which means the business community went behind me. They know what's going on."

Also running for mayor are Democrat Robert Palmieri and Republicans Michael Cerminaro and Robert Cardillo.

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