Utica term limits won't be on ballot after judge rules in favor of city clerk

City of Utica residents will not be voting on term limits for city officials this fall, after Oneida County Supreme Court Judge Erin Gall ruled in favor of the city of Utica’s clerk, Michelle George.

Posted: Aug 29, 2018 12:24 PM
Updated: Aug 29, 2018 12:40 PM

UTICA – City of Utica residents will not be voting on term limits for city officials this fall, after Oneida County Supreme Court Judge Erin Gall ruled in favor of the city of Utica’s clerk, Michelle George.

Former Utica Councilman Lou Critelli was trying to get a measure placed on the ballot this fall for Utica residents to vote on whether or not term limits for city officials should remain at 12 years, or be changed back to eight years. Back in the fall of 2017, the Common Council voted in favor of extending term limits for the mayor, comptroller, Common Council president and council members to 12 years.

Critelli gathered 774 signatures on a petition to get term limits on the ballot, which was hundreds more than he needed. Critelli and his supporters believed that the city clerk had to certify the signatures within 20 days, but the clerk said she had to wait 60 days before certifying them.

They took the matter to the county supreme court, and Judge Gall voted in favor of the city clerk, which means the measure to vote on term limits will not make it onto the ballot this fall. Instead, the term limits will remain at 12 years.

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