Uptown Theatre hosts President Obama's State of the Union Address


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV)- Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente teamed up with issue advocacy organization The American Action Network to show President Obama's third State of the Union address at Utica's Uptown Theatre Tuesday night.

A group of about 30 people welcomed the idea and decided to forego watching President Obama's address from their homes, and make a night of it in the theatre.

Picente says he thought having a local showing was important to start a dialogue with the community about what is happening in the federal government, because their actions affect even the smallest communities.

"In terms of small businesses, the economy that has been struggling, people are paying more for gas, unemployment is at a high level in a lot of places...the federal government has a huge impact on everything we do," says Picente. "It really does drive the discussion in terms of what makes this economy go, it really does all stem from the top and the top is the federal government."

The American Action Network held similar showings in Syracuse and Poughkeepsie. Picente says he hopes Utica can continue hosting community showings like the State of the Union address in the future.

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