UTICA, N.Y. -- In the Utica mayoral race, the union that represents Utica firefighters is endorsing challenger Joe Marino in the upcoming Democratic primary.
The president of the union cites: "two difficult four-year terms" with mayor Robert Palmieri, which includes the removal of an engine company in South Utica.
Thomas Carcone, the president of the Utica Fire Fighters Union said in a statement:
"After two difficult 4-year terms under Mayor Palmieri's administration, Utica Fire Fighters have endured enough. For nearly eight years, public safety has been compromised due to reduced staffing, and removal of an essential Engine Company in South Utica; and he has showed a basic disrespect to our injured and ill first responders and their dedicated service.
There is a gaping hole in our command staff leaving far too many vulnerable. Our members are being asked to confront extraordinary risk, and the well-being of our families too frequently forgotten. Simply put – a third term is unacceptable.
We whole-heartedly support Joe Marino, we respect his experience, and know he will bring stability back to our City and its residents.”
The union also calls out a ‘disrespect’ for injured or ill first responders.