Robert Palmieri sworn in as Mayor of Utica

By ANDREW DONOVAN

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The City of Utica has a new mayor as Democrat Robert Palmieri gets sworn in to take the helm of City Hall.

In a ceremony at city hall, Palmieri took the oath of office and will replace outgoing mayor David Roefaro who chose not to run for reelection. In November, Palmieri beat out four other candidates in the largest candidate field in city history.

Palmieri was actually fired by the Roefaro administration from the position of City Codes Commissioner and Deputy Public Safety Commissioner.

"Looking at the people that are here, looking at the energy that we have, Utica, New York deserves better," Palmieri said when he first announced his candidacy. "And we are going to, at this point, guarantee a better city once I am elected mayor of the City of Utica."

In a statement, Palmieri said "It is the goal of Utica City hall to be open, inclusive, and diverse. This team is a blend of community leaders and fresh faces dedicated to preparing our community for the challenges of today and the successes of tomorrow."

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