UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – On Wednesday Jan. 19, the Utica Common Council met to vote on several proposals laid out by Mayor Robert Palmieri, including the implementation of a Civilian Public Safety Advisory Board to improve accountability and transparency and work in conjunction with the Utica Police and Fire Departments.

The council also adopted the proposed resolution to encourage the mayor of Utica to apply for funds provided under the ‘American Rescue Plan Act’. This would allocate premium pay to police, fire, and EMS personnel for the essential work they performed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to these proposals, the council adopted the resolution authorizing the application for a safer grant. The city of Utica will apply for grant funding for the purpose of hiring eight additional firefighters. However, the mayor’s proposal to expand UPD by 5 officers was not adopted and will go back to the committee further.