Utica Common Council's finance chair criticizes Palmieri over late data submission

UTICA, N.Y.-- Each year, Utica's mayor must submit funding requests from all of the city's department heads to the Common Council finance committee. This year, the deadline to submit that data was January 15th.

Posted: Jan 31, 2018 6:30 PM
Updated: Jan 31, 2018 9:07 PM

UTICA, N.Y.-- Each year, Utica's mayor must submit funding requests from all of the city's department heads to the Common Council finance committee. This year, the deadline to submit that data was Jan. 15.

Mayor Robert Palmieri submitted the information Wednesday afternoon, 16 days late.

"Every year, there's a new excuse, every year it's someone else's fault," Joe Marino, chair of the council's finance committee said. "The job of the city of Utica government is to provide public works and public safety and keep taxes low. We can't do any of those things without the proper information."

Even looking at past budgets, Marino says it's difficult to anticipate a department's requests for the upcoming year.

"It could be anything from new trucks for the DPW, equipment for the police department," Marino said.

Marino claims the department heads were supposed to submit their requests to the mayor by last fall.

"It's been months that they've given those requests," Marino said. "If a department isn't following their guidelines, again, that's the mayor's job to determine what his department heads are doing."

Palmieiri's office released the following explanation for the delayed submission:

"During the transition of hiring our new Budget Director, there was a delay in providing the departmental requests to Members of the Common Council. As of this afternoon, all Council Members have been provided the departmental requests."

The city's completed budget is due by Mar. 31, 2018.

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