UTICA -- The Utica Common Council voted unanimously to keep term limits the same, at their meeting Wednesday night.
The unanimous vote means former councilman Lou Critelli will need 404 more signatures on his petition by Sept. 7 to try to get term limits on the ballot. Critelli says he's already a step ahead and has gotten over 200 signatures towards his next petition.
If Critelli gets enough signatures, then the vote will go on the referendum, and the public will decide. If not, Utica mayor Robert Palmieri could possibly run for re-election in November.
Critelli says the unanimous vote feels like a win, but he knows he's still got a lot of work to do.
Because of a proposed law, the common council could have voted to change term limits back to eight years but many want to allow the public to vote.
Critelli expects to have enough signatures for the petition in about a week. If the public votes on term limits the local law won't go into effect until January of 2019.