Utica Common Council postpone motion to reconsider term limits law

Utica residents pushed the common council to reconsider the 12-year term limits law at the common council meeting on Wednesday.

Posted: Sep 20, 2018 12:00 AM

Utica -- Utica residents pushed the common council to reconsider the 12-year term limits law at the common council meeting on Wednesday. 

At a Utica common council meeting, held Wednesday, councilors could not come to an agreement on whether to reconsider term limits, so the motion was postponed until the next meeting.

The tension was high at the meeting as Critelli, and other Utica residents, explained why they think the term limits vote should be reconsidered.

All nine members of the common council were not present at the meeting, which caused for some confusion in voting. When the motion to reconsider the 12-year term limits law came up, four councilors voted in favor of reconsidering the law, and three councilors voted against it.

Common Council Attorney Anthony Garramone says that at least five votes are needed in order for a motion to pass, but the common council president, Mike Galime, challenged him saying any motion can pass as long as there's a majority vote.

After all of the confusion with the motion to reconsider term limits, Galime says the correct procedures for voting will be reviewed with the Corporation Counsel.

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