Tell Utica Mayor: Citizens Passed Term Limits. Don’t Let Politicians Break ‘em!

Term limits are a commonsense ethics reform that help prevent politicians from consolidating too much power, and keep government more in touch with the real world by bringing new people to public service.

A proposal recently passed by the Utica Common Council weakens term limits to the direct benefit of the members of the common council, and the Mayor.

This is the wrong policy being done the wrong way. The Mayor should do the right thing and veto it.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Term limits are popular. The people of Utica installed term limits themselves. The 1992 vote was overwhelming, with roughly 67 percent of Utica voters voting in support of 8-year term limits.
  2. The Common Council is attempting to undo a vote by the people of Utica with a simple majority vote of elected officials. It’s a betrayal of the work citizens have done to put in place measure they clearly believe increase accountability, and reduce the risk of corruption.
  3. Two former mayors have come out strongly in opposition to extending term limits. It’s no wonder when this politically-opportunistic attack on term limits would do damage to faith in city government, and weaken the citizen referendum process.

Here’s what you can do

  1. Call and email Mayor Palmieri and tell him to keep term limits at eight years by vetoing the expansion proposal, 315-792-0100.
  1. Make your voice heard at a public hearing:

Friday, October 6, 2017

11:00 AM

Utica City Hall

1 Kennedy Plaza

Utica, NY 13502

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