By STEVE HUGHES
Five months later, and the city's website is barely functional.
In May, the city unveiled the results of a semester-long website redesign competition among teams from Utica College, Mohawk Valley Community College and SUNYIT.
Utica College's design was declared the winner and a sleek new website was expected to be online in days.
But soon after, the city found out the students' design was incompatible with its system and was forced to rethink its plan for the site.
The issue was a problem of compatibility between the program the city wanted to use and tweaks the students made to their design, said Councilman Joseph Marino, D-4, chairman of the city's Information Technology and Communications committee.
I think we have it all worked out, he said.The students stayed on at City Hall and worked hard to fix it. It'll have a slightly different feel and be more user friendly.
Marino is facing Republican Larry Cohen in the November election.
Last year, the city purchased new software for the website for $9,870, plus $5,080 in a first-year subscription fee. It also updated to an off-site server to improve security.
A working site will be up after a few more tests and could be up and running as soon as Tuesday, said project manager Frank Mutolo.
I tested it this morning, he said last Tuesday.It won't be the one from Utica College, but it'll be functioning.