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Fact check: Marino calls out Utica mayor's infrastructure improvement plan

The mayoral candidate held his press conference on Richardson Avenue in Utica Thursday,

Posted: May 30, 2019 1:02 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- Earlier this week, NewsChannel 2 reported the Utica mayor’s five-point plan that involved patching, paving, parking, pathways, and partners.

Thursday, councilman and mayoral candidate Joe Marino says the ideas were not Palmieri's.

Marino stood on Richardson Avenue in Utica Thursday, a street that's been plagued by potholes, many say for years, to talk about what he calls the present mayor's in-action on the issue. He even cited a 2016 veto on a paving project.

The mayor’s opponent says the five-point plan, that includes paving, was not his own idea. He says the only reason the mayor is talking about potholes and paving is because we are weeks out from a primary.

“Everything in that five-point outline. Those are years-old propositions from other people. The mayor has never had an original idea. He didn’t run out of them. He's never had one. These are all other people's ideas that he chose to work against,” Marino said.

Marino cited instances over the course of several years where he says the mayor did not act in a timely manner on the issues.

WKTV reached out to the mayor's office, and they say they will send a statement in response later Thursday.

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