Galime best choice for council president

I have had the privilege of knowing Michael Galime for close to 20 years. In that time I have continuously been impressed by his intelligence, wit, and commitment.

What some may not know is that although Galime has the opportunity to live anywhere in the country because of his work, he chooses to make Utica his home. We so often hear the younger generation is moving away from the area, but this is not Galime. Instead, he has chosen to live, work and raise his family in Utica.

He has made it his mission to devote his time to public service. He runs Common Council meetings with a calm presence and patience. He provides excellent communication to the community prior to meetings and has shown he is capable of working with a variety of people and personalities.

I believe Mike Galime is the best candidate for Common Council president, he will put Utica first in all aspects of his position. It is without hesitation I believe Galime should get your vote for re-election.

Colleen Moylan-Sparacino, Utica

 

Hennessy earned right be be on ballot

When I learned that Mike Hennessy’s petitions for county executive were challenged due to illegibility, I put in a call to the state Board of Elections in Albany. A representative there verified what I suspected: Petitions could not be thrown out for illegibility.

Having circulated petitions for many years I can attest that most petitions have signatures that may not compare exactly to signatures signed when registering to vote. Aging, physical problems or just haste can affect how one writes. Almost all petitions could be challenged on that basis if illegibility was a reason to deny them.

Hennessy retained lawyers and went to court with many appearing to validate the signatures. He won his right to be put on the ballot. To fight this challenge, which shouldn’t have happened in the first place was very expensive. There seems to be a trend by Republicans whether on federal, state or local to use any method unconstitutional, illegal or just blatantly unfair to get elected.

Lucretia Buccolo, Sylvan Beach

 

Galimo has character that defines leader

Having known Judy Galimo the majority of my life, there is no one I know who serves as a better role model.

Galimo is just inherently good. Having faced her fair share of challenges, she has come out of her personal trials stronger and even more dedicated to making a difference. She jumps into service and rallies her family and friends to join her. Whether it be walking for ALS of Utica, organizing Meatball Madness or Gala for Abraham House, gathering for St. Joseph’s Day dinner, planning a trip to Aruba, or hosting her Christmas Eve open house…all are welcome, invited, and encouraged to join in.

Galimo is an includer and brings people together for common goals, interests, or causes. She embraces diversity and surrounds herself with people who come from all walks of life but are similar in spirit. She believes we are stronger together than any of us is alone and the way she lives models that. Her late father was known for saying to his family “We laugh together, we cry together.”

Judy Galimo is that friend, that community member, that parishioner, that committee chair, that neighbor who will laugh with you and will cry with you.

Gina Pristera, New Hartford

 

Friend has begun building a community

We support Celeste Friend for Utica Common Council in the 3rd Ward. We have been two of the many volunteers who have canvassed Ward neighborhoods. As a group, we have knocked on over 3,000 doors and talked to hundreds of residents.

We continue to volunteer for Friend's campaign because she is the smartest, most enthusiastic candidate to run for this position. The efforts Friend has made to contact and listen to her constituents has convinced us that she will fight for open, responsive government. She has taken the first steps in forming both resident and independent business advisory committees for the Ward.

Friend is doing much more than running a campaign. She is building community in South Utica. After each weekly canvass, we come back to her house to enjoy a meal and exciting conversation, often about politics and issues in South Utica.

We feel we have joined a diverse, close community during this campaign. We have hope that a Council with Friend as a member will work towards a Utica for all of us. We need to elect this hardworking woman to Common Council!

Early voting starts Oct. 26, and Election Day is Nov. 5. Details for early voting can be found on Friend's web page, uticaforall.com.

Olivia and James Paul, Utica