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Utica mayor, common council hear public comments on UPD residency requirement

Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri and common council members held a virtual public hearing Thursday regarding changing the residency requirement for city police officers.

Posted: May 21, 2020 2:01 PM
Updated: May 21, 2020 2:02 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri and common council members held a virtual public hearing Thursday regarding changing the residency requirement for city police officers.

On May 6, the Utica Common Council voted in favor, 7-2, to amend the residency requirement and allow police officers to live outside of city limits, after working for the department for at least five years. City officials say this will help fill vacant positions within the department by expanding eligibility.

The public hearing addressed four written comments regarding the issue, two in favor of changing the requirement, and two against.

In 2008, residents voted to approve the original law that required officers to live in Utica. This amendment would overturn that decision.

Now that the council has voted in favor of the amendment, Palmieri has to decide whether to sign it into law.

Palmieri told NEWSChannel 2 he will make a decision on Friday.

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