Utica Mayor kicks off 2013 Quality of Life sweeps
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - While the sun broke through the clouds Thursday, light shined down on dusty, littered streets in the City of Utica, but the mayor wants that mess to soon change, as he rounded up a crew for a second year of Quality of Life sweeps. "We want to make sure the quality of life...people feel safe in their homes, in their residences...and we spur economic development," said Mayor Robert Palmieri. The sweep began on Bleecker Street with representatives from the mayors office, along with police, fire, DPW and codes workers on hand to clean up and answer questions. The needs of those they came across changed from neighborhood to neighborhood, but the mayor says it's expected after covering 70 miles last year, and hoping to do the same this year. "We want to give hope to the people to let them know, even though we are reducing our workforce, we are going to give the best product we can so they're proud, but they have to take ownership also of their neighborhoods," Mayor Palmieri said. "We can't do it alone. We need the help of the residents and the business owners." The sweeps will continue every week through the summer, with the location based on need.