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Mayor Palmieri to Decide Today on Change to Utica Police Residency Rules

Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri could decide today whether or not to sign into law a measure the Common Council passed recently that would allow city police officers to live outside the city after working for Utica Police for five years.

If the mayor disagrees with the council, the measure goes back to them and they must pass it by a two-thirds majority.

They’ve already done that, so if the mayor isn’t on board and the council votes the same, the measure appears certain to become law.

Councilman Frank Meola, however, is currently pursuing a new local that would allow the matter to go to a referendum vote to allow the public to decide any changes to the city’s residency requirement.

Photo credit: Nicole Cvetnic / Utica Observer-Dispatch

 

By Joleen Ferris / WKTV NewsChannel 2