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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.

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