Two heated fights between Utica Common Council members broke workplace policies, report says

The city of Utica holds a strict no violence policy, and the investigation calls the altercations "unacceptable."

Posted: Apr 30, 2019 9:33 PM
Updated: May 1, 2019 9:02 AM

UTICA, N.Y. -- Workplace policies have been broken, according to an independent investigation of the Utica Common Council fight between Joe Marino and Frank DiBrango. 

The report states that not only was there a heated exchange between the two councilors at the March 5 meeting, but that Marino also was involved in a verbal argument with Councilor Jack LoMedico prior to the incident. 

The city of Utica holds a strict no violence policy, and the investigation calls the altercations "unacceptable."

Barclay Damon, who investigated and wrote the report as contracted to by the city, says that his finding lead him to believe that if law enforcement personnel didn't stop the Marino and DiBrango fight from escalating further -- there would have been a physical fight. That at one point the two were "nose-to-nose, and chest-to-chest," although he mentioned the two were not touching

According to the report, Mayor Robert Palmieri received a formal complaint from Utica Fire Chief Scott Ingersoll following the altercations, and he had the support of the police chief and deputy police chief.

Any remedial measures are now up to the council, which the full report has been made available to. 

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