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Utica Mayor speaks out on his sudden change of heart

By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Wednesday, he left the building after announcing at city hall that he would not be seeking re-election, but a day later, Utica Mayor David Roefaro stopped to answer questions about why the sudden change of heart.

The mayor says it was simply time to close the door on 13 rewarding years of public service (that included school board, common council and mayor) and concentrate on his family and his private business.

As for what he will miss the most about public life, Roefaro says it's the constituents who aren't even old enough to vote yet.

"Dealing with the youth and engaging them," he said. "The 'Why I Love Utica' essay contest, and the 'Operation Play in the Park.' Bringing the youth back into city government and making them part of it. That's the one thing I'm going to miss the most."

As for who he will support for mayor this fall, Roefaro says he'll probably stay out of it. Instead, he said he will concentrate on leaving the office in the best possible shape for his replacement.

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