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Mayor Fusco gives Rome's State of the City Address

By LEXIE O'CONNOR

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Rome Mayor Joseph Fusco, Jr., gave his State of the City Address at Gansevoort Elementary School Tuesday. The mayor discussed the city's successes over the year and it's plans for the future, highlighting self-sufficiency and volunteerism.

With a decreasing population in Rome, the mayor says maintaining its services is hard, however the city has had great success by using its own resources - putting its own work force to work.

"We have some very talented people in our coffers that have never been able to utilize all their talents you know we're doing jobs that contractors used to have to do or were hired to do," said Mayor Fusco.

The mayor highlighted the city now maintaining and replacing their water system meters rather than an outside contractor and city crews also completing the final phase of exterior work at Rome's Kennedy Arena last year.

He also attribute's the city's success in its many volunteers.

"Our volunteers jumped right on board last year with our beautification project providing us with either money for the flowers or money for the flowers and labor going out and taking care of the flower beds," said Mayor Fusco.

He says while the city faces rising costs of state mandates, these cost saving measures are starting to add up.

"I can say we're in a better position we were yesterday," said Mayor Fusco. "Our beautification program has helped out tremendously, the folks are jumping on with our Christmas decoration project it's just wonderful."

The city recently formed another volunteer committee to seek sponsors and private citizens to help with the refurbishing and replacement of Rome's Christmas decorations.

The Mayor says that the city has now built a good list of core volunteers to help work towards the future of Rome.

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