Utica Common Council votes to reverse term limit decision

In a surprise vote Tuesday evening, Utica's common council decided to reverse their passage of a law expanding term limits for elected officials.

Posted: Dec 20, 2017 12:25 AM

UTICA, N.Y. - In a surprise vote Tuesday evening, Utica's common council chose to reverse their passing of a law that expanded term limits for elected officials.

The decision to expand these limits earlier this fall caused public outcry.

According to the council charter, members are allowed to reconsider votes from earlier in the same term. Tuesday night, outgoing Councilor Ed Bucciero used his last day in office to bring the extension decision to the floor again.

Bucciero initially voted against the term limit extension and just like September, it was a 5-4 vote.  But this time, a councilor flipped their vote to oppose the extension.  That change of heart came from another outgoing councilor, John Jacon.

"People of the city did not want to have their voice usurped," Councilor Joseph Marino said.  "Their voice kind of taken away from them by way of five members of the council and I really give John Jacon a lot of credit for doing the right thing and doing the thing that the people had spoken about and giving them their voice back."

All the other councilors voted the same way they did back in September. The decision, approved by the mayor, would have allowed the councilor, comptroller and mayor to serve 12 consecutive years, rather than eight.

Mayor Robert Palmieri has not yet made a public response to this reversal.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 505431

Reported Deaths: 33506
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Queens772137294
Kings757797400
Bronx556614992
Nassau500072208
Suffolk493002019
Westchester406811470
New York364003198
Rockland18110684
Richmond174571095
Orange13743507
Erie13262717
Monroe7493300
Onondaga5603212
Dutchess5525165
Albany3705140
Broome366298
Oneida2784129
Ulster253895
Niagara2108102
Putnam183363
Sullivan180048
Chemung17973
Schenectady159150
Saratoga138317
Rensselaer111142
Steuben104157
Chautauqua97614
Columbia72338
Ontario69735
Tioga67230
Oswego6394
Tompkins6390
Madison57717
Cortland5670
Wayne5305
Cattaraugus52718
Greene51018
Warren46133
Cayuga4292
Chenango4137
Orleans41354
Otsego4105
St. Lawrence4094
Genesee4065
Herkimer39410
Fulton36524
Washington34014
Allegany3368
Livingston3278
Montgomery2724
Clinton2555
Jefferson2140
Essex1990
Wyoming1965
Delaware1817
Seneca1483
Lewis1390
Schuyler1390
Yates1287
Schoharie1130
Franklin820
Hamilton180
Unassigned017
Utica
Clear
24° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 24°
Oneonta
Broken Clouds
30° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 30°
Herkimer
Clear
24° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 24°
Thendara
Clear
24° wxIcon
Hi: 40° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 24°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
VOTE OCTOBER 22-30
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
WKTV Golf Card - Under 150 left