Re-elect Galime so he can continue good work

I plan to vote again, as I did four years ago, for Michael Galime for Utica Common Council president. He is a fair, honest, and unbiased leader.

Galime has a respect for the process of government that is needed in our local political scene. He works to keep the people of Utica informed. He is consistently present in the community and he wants to hear from the people who may be affected by council votes and city decisions. He has never lost sight of the fact that he works for the people.

Galime is more than a politician. He got involved in local politics because he had the passion to make a difference for Utica. If re-elected, I believe he will continue to do so for the next four years.

Anne Moore, Utica

 

Palmieri has stellar record of accomplishment

As the November elections approach, I think it is necessary to point out the truth surrounding the administration of Mayor Rob Palmieri. The nonsense distorting an obvious record of achievement needs to be contradicted.

Hundreds of properties in Utica have been returned to the tax rolls. This benefits all Uticans as the cost of running city is spread to more people resulting in lower taxes for all.

Unprecedented growth is happening in all parts of our city. There are numerous new and refurbished buildings sprouting up all around our city. The hard work by our mayor has allowed for this to happen.

Cooperation between our mayor and all levels of government is a daily occurrence. Unlike Washington, our mayor continuously works with his fellow elected officials to insure Utica benefits.

The pride in our city is on the rise, downtown is growing and becoming a destination, our financial situation has been turned around, and all Uticans are benefiting from this mayor and his administration’s work.

Join me in re-electing a true leader for all people all of the time.

Lou Parrotta, Utica

 

Gentile's efforts, focus go above and beyond

I have known Michael Gentile since he was a child. I have known him as a neighbor, baseball player and as he has grown up as a musician and teacher.

He has always been a person who wanted to help make changes for the better when needed. His efforts and focus are always above and beyond.

His most recent undertaking was combining all of our youth baseball leagues into one Utica league. It was not an easy task but he persevered. The greatest part about this is the inclusion of all children interested in participating in something together and making friends from all parts of our city so that as they grow into adulthood they are understanding and accepting of differences and tolerant of everyone’s abilities and beliefs.

He tries very hard to listen to everyone’s opinion and to work out differences on issues. He is a person who can have a discussion that initially may not end with a solution but he will be right back working toward a solution the very next day. Please consider Mike Gentile for council-at-large when you cast your vote. I believe you will be happy with the efforts he makes.

Mary Sainsbury, Utica

 

Raymond Smith a proven Herkimer Co. leader

I have had the privilege of working alongside Raymond “Dutch” Smith as a member of the Herkimer County Legislature. During that time, I have known him to be a conscientious and committed servant to the taxpayers of his district as well as the entire county.

Smith provides the leadership and knowledge required to bring continued progress, economic development and stability to our county government. He provides a strong voice in support of his constituents and he is extremely well respected. As a past chairman of our legislative body, he has also earned the respect and admiration of his colleagues. His willingness to work in partnership with all of the villages and towns and the city of Little Falls is imperative to moving the county forward in a positive and progressive manner.

I am convinced that he will continue to be an advocate for the taxpayers both in his district and throughout the entire county when he is re-elected to the Herkimer County Legislature . Please vote for Raymond Smith, District 10, to insure that our county will continue to move forward.

Vincent J. Bono, Frankfort

Bono is Vice Chairman of the Herkimer County Legislature/Chairman Herkimer County IDA.

 

Keep Frank DiBrango serving on Utica council

I support of my good friend, Frank DiBrango. 

Working side-by-side with DiBrango at the Utica Fire Department, I have come to know the person he is.  He is very dedicated to the city and puts everyone’s interests before his own. 

DiBrango stands up for what is right regardless of consequence.  He has served this city for years both as a firefighter and Council-At-Large and I hope you will join me in voting for him to allow him to continue serving.   

Bob Calenzo, Utica

 

Utica has moved ahead since Palmieri took reins

No one can deny that when Rob Palmieri became mayor things were not poised for success. The city had been borrowing short-term to make payroll because there was no fund balance or cash reserves and job growth was minimal as a result of few outsiders willing to invest in our city. Residents had been promised many things and little had come to fruition.

That has all changed since Mayor Palmieri took the reins. Short-term borrowing has ceased and the city's increased fund balance has reaped upgrades in bond ratings and reductions in interest costs, infrastructure improvements abound, businesses are moving into the city and flourishing such as the recently announced Fitness Mill, and residents are experiencing a resurgence of the city parks system and harbor front.

There is a new excitement throughout the entire city and we have Mayor Rob Palmieri to thank for his team leadership. He deserves to be re-elected to keep all the great things happening moving in the right direction.

Heather Mowat, New Hartford

 

Rome's Mike Brown a tireless advocate

Like many of you, who represented me in the county legislature has long been largely a mystery.

That changed when Michael Brown began representing District 12.

He has made himself available and visible to his constituents. Active in Rome and its revitalization, he is a co-founder of the Coppercino’s coffee shop, a linchpin to Rome's downtown growing arts community. Since he joined the legislature, he has fought for fair wages for our County workers; helped plan a comprehensive countywide transportation network; supported the regional hospital and health care facility in Utica; and supported the expansion of apprenticeship and internship programs at our local colleges and BOCES.

Beyond that, he has been a tireless advocate for everyone in his community.

I am proud to have Brown represent me, see his enthusiasm for his community, and count him as a personal friend and ally.

Mike Brown is the sort of representative Rome's District 12 needs in the county legislature.

Stephen P. Hampe, Rome

 

Friend has qualities to be a great leader

To see Celeste Friend is to see a thorough and caring dynamo who abounds with ideas and has the energy and determination to see them through successfully. She has a strong and abiding interest in politics.

She will bring all of her ideas, thoroughness, energy, caring and determination to the Utica Common Council.

Friend also works well with others. She will listen to and understand her constituents and fight their fights. Yet, to get things done, she will also know how to work and communicate well with her Common Council colleagues and our mayor. Celeste Friend, we know her well, is an untiring advocate for our great city.

Frank and Frances Giruzzi, Utica

 

Picente has been strong leader in Oneida Co.

To judge a person by a lone blight on an otherwise stellar tenure is shortsighted.

Yes, I strongly disagree with acquiescing in the decision made by the Cuomo Albany cabal to build a hospital downtown.

Using this as a reason to not vote for a dedicated and productive county executive is an example of “less-than noble” thinking. This administration has brought Oneida County out of its huge financial deficit, and into a more stable fiscal standing. This is an accomplishment worthy of respect.

Oneida County has been moving forward during this past decade. Much of it because of the person in the executive position. For the first time in many years, the county is recognizing the importance of its significant history and is striving to enhance history tourism. Its Bagg Square corridor development is an example of how to rehabilitate a neighborhood.

The frustration of seeing a big mistake being made, by both the city and the county, in promoting the downtown hospital plan is well understood. However, I urge my stalwart #No Hospital Downtown cohorts to consider the other issues outlined above when deciding their vote.

Anthony Picente deserves to be re-elected Oneida County executive.

Joseph P. Bottini, Sauquoit

Bottini is Oneida County historian.