Local college professor announces candidacy for Utica Mayor on Green Party Line

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A local college professor has announced his intentions to run for Mayor of Utica.

Robert Clemente announced Tuesday that he will run on the Green Party Line.

His candidacy is not official yet, as a statement of nomination from the New York State Green Party has not yet been received by the Oneida County Board of Elections. However, Election Officials say that as long as the statement is postmarked by Tuesday, September 20, things will be all set.

Clemente says he will work to implement long-overdue improvements for the city. The environmental scientist wants to take a holistic approach at managing the city, saying that one of his first tasks would be reorganizing government.

"We need to look at how we deliver services to people," Clemente said. "We have departments that are not talking. We need to consolidate, and when I say consolidate, I don't mean just cut jobs. In fact, we might not have to cut any jobs, but to look at how we deliver those services, how we assess fees and do it in a holistic, or the way I like to talk about it, an ethological manner."

Clemente is an adjunct environmental science professor at LeMoyne College and Mohawk Valley Community College.

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