Utica Common Council candidates: City should maintain streets better

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Two West Utica men running for common council say the city needs to better maintain its streets.

Current Common Councilman Jim Zecca and fellow Democrat Larry Tanoury want a new type of preventative maintenance, forcing the repair of any pothole in the city within 48 hours.

The men say it's a lofty goal, but that if the city's two million dollar paving budget is set aside each year for preventative maintenance. The say that city streets, neglected for decades, would get some badly-needed work. Zecca said, "We've talked about this in the last council meeting when we voted on $100,000 to be transferred for repairs and what we don't have is a comprehensive plan."

Zecca is running for an at-large seat. Tanoury, a former county legislator, is running for Zecca's original Second District seat.

Utica Mayor David Reofaro released a statement Saturday night in response to the council candidates' claims. Roefaro said, "In all my time in the Mayor's Office, Mr. Zecca has never contacted me regarding streets he thought needing paving in West Utica. Still, last year, West Utica, and all corners of the city saw me commit over $2 million in paving improvements. I've been playing paving catch-up for four years, dealing with 40 years of neglect. I wish I could pave every street in Utica but I can't. That's why I go to Albany and Washington every year- to fight for as much money as I can."

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