UTICA N.Y.-The Utica Common Council voted at Wednesday's Common Council meeting to walk back the residency requirement for Utica Police Officers.
The Common Council voted 7-2, to now require officers to live in the City for five continuous years before having the option to move.
The previous law required anyone hired in the department after 2009 to live in the City of Utica and stay there throughout their career.
Jack LoMedico, Council-At-Large with the City of Utica said in regards to the matter; "These are positions where you don't ask where they're from. You ask what their capability is. And when it comes to protecting our citizens, it's what can you do, (and) how good can you do it."
Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri has 30 days to hold a public hearing and either approve or veto the legislation.