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Utica Mayor performs "Quality of Life Sweep" to ask residents about concerns

By HILARY LANE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - After hearing concerns about pot holes, dirty streets, and unsafe neighborhoods, Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri hit the streets Wednesday to check out the problems for himself in a "Quality of Life Sweep."

The mayor, joined by department heads, DPW workers, and members of the Utica Police and Fire Departments, walked around downtown Utica with a clear purpose - checking out the problems, finding solutions, and fielding concerns from local businesspeople and residents.

"We think we are on a road to recovery and this is just a way of reaching out to the people and having the ability to talk about economic development," said Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri. "Instead of waiting for them to come to us, we are going to them."

While Palmieri isn't the first mayor to sweep the city, Emmett Martin, of Lefkowitz, Martin and Co. Inc says that this is the first time he has ever had a mayor pop in to his business. Martin said he is thankful for the opportunity to share his concerns and he says the sweep sends a powerful message.

"People think the city isn't very safe, so with them on the street doing this sweep, maybe that will help," Martin said.

Palmieri will be sweeping a different part of the city every Wednesday for the next few months from 1 to 4 p.m.

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