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Head of State's Open Government Committee to weigh in on Utica Councilman's censure

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Executive Director of New York's Committee on Open Government will be in the City of Utica in two weeks and will likely weigh in on the issue of a councilman being censured for using a hand held camera at council meetings.

Robert Freeman from the Committee on Open Government, according to Councilman Frank Vescera, has accepted an invitation to appear on September 19 at Utica City Hall.

The council voted 5-3 on Wednesday night to remove the First District Councilman Vescera from all committees.

"Transparency. This city is supposed to be a transparent city," Vescera said, addressing the council and anyone in attendance at Wednesday night's meeting. "You pull these stunts and people just don't buy it."

Vescera says he will still attend the meetings as he has in the past and that the meetings have been documented this way since the mid-90's.

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