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Speciale: "I will provide an alternative to long-term failed and recycled political leadership"

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. - Harmony Speciale has formally announced her candidacy for the 22nd Oneida County Legislative District.

Speciale is the endorsed Democratic and Independence candidate for the 22nd district in West Utica.

"Neighborhoods have crumbled, jobs are gone, and buildings are vacant. Our children leave the area to build their careers, leaving a primarily service dependent and seemingly hopeless community behind," Speciale said in her announcement. "During the past several decades, under our current leadership, West Utica has declined at a rapid and unacceptable rate. We can no longer afford to sit on the sidelines and watch as our home disintegrates."

Speciale described herself as "an energetic and passionate leader that will serve the people and be a fighter on the front line in a battle of poverty, neglect, and ignorance."

She said she is looking to provide an alternative to what she calls "the long-term failed and recycled political leadership," adding that she would do her best to work within the 2% property tax cap while focusing more attention to long neglected West Utica.

"I will continue to build upon our many West Utica assets that we already have. Experienced as pioneer and leader of Arts West Alliance, a community development organization, I will continue to promote small business, redevelop our city parks, and implement new and exciting youth programs."

She said that public Safety, including police, fire, and property codes will be supported while encouraging grassroots community initiatives to enhance quality of life.

"The deconstruction & demolition of dilapidated buildings along with the replacement of new single family homes to promote a mixed housing model will be top priority."

She went on to say that she is committed to having a transparent and open government, community meetings and will provide an opportunity to educate the public and encourage participation in rebuilding our future, together.

"Good things come to those who wait, but not for those who wait too late!"

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