UTICA, N.Y. -- Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri has announced his bid for re-election.
The mayor held a press conference for the announcement at the Delta Hotels by Marriott in downtown Utica, where Palmieri spoke to supporters touting that the city has the strongest financial and economic position it has had in decades.
He was first elected in 2011, and if re-elected, it would be his third term in office.
The mayor says that since he has taken office the city's credit rating went up, the budget deficits have improved in surplus, and Utica has an expanded tax base, and economic development has exploded especially in the downtown area.
“I love Utica and want what’s best for this community. I want my children and grandchildren and our young professionals to have the opportunity to stay and prosper here," Palmieri said in a statement. “While I am very proud of our Administrations accomplishments, there is more work that needs to be done. I’m asking Utican’s for their vote and support so we can finish the job we started and ensure Utica reaches its full potential.”
Palmieri is able to run for a third term, after the Utica Common Council voted to extend term limits.
Utica mayoral candidate Joe Marino released a statement on Palmieri's announcement saying:
"Today’s announcement by Rob Palmieri comes as a surprise to no one, given that he spearheaded the effort to override the voters and change the term limits to allow him to seek a third term in office.
If I am fortunate enough to be elected mayor I will immediately move to return the term limits back to the length that the Utica voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of.
My administration will give a voice back to the taxpayers that they don’t have now. I won’t govern in a manner as to protect my own job and bypass the will of the voters.
I look forward to taking my message to the people at their doorsteps and creating a true partnership with them to move Utica forward and create a bright future for our children."