Marino pokes holes in Utica's paving plan

The paving plan calls for all city roads to be repaired in 15 years.

Posted: May 8, 2019 5:53 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- While Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri was unveiling his parks plan, the man challenging him in the Democratic primary, was poking holes in the city's paving plan.

Joe Marino says the 2016 plan that was approved by voters calls for an engineer to grade all 210 miles of road to determine the order in which the roads are repaired.

Marino says instead, roads are being picked based on politics, and points to a list that says "mayor's request" by certain roads. Marino, three years later, is questioning why the list is not posted online, and uses residents of South Park Drive as an example.

“These residents had no clue whether or not their road would be fixed and it shouldn't be a surprise. the voters passed a plan. every road should have been on the city website as to when we would get it done. Of course, we have contingencies, of course we have emergencies but this plan should have been inundated and brought to the people immediate and it's not,” said Marino.

The paving plan calls for all city roads to be repaired in 15 years.

The mayor's office says there is a printed list, and any resident can go to city hall to see it with the understanding it's subject to change.

The mayor's office says it's not on the website because the list changes often based on conditions. They also say the county planning department did score the roads, but the city reserves the right to have its own engineers monitor the roads daily.

The mayor's office says when we see the words "mayor's request" it doesn't mean the mayor is saying fix it – it's telling engineers to check it.

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