DiNapoli visits Utica: Report: City Hampered By High Poverty

Jan 29, 2013 Full story: WKTV 24

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli visited Utica Tuesday morning. He says the city of Utica continues to struggle with recurring budget gaps and has nearly depleted its fund balances,The report is the latest in a series of fiscal profiles on cities across the state.

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Cheshire, CT

#1 Jan 29, 2013
If NY was a right to work state instead of a welfare state we wouldn't have all of this poverty!
Interesting

Lovington, NM

#2 Jan 29, 2013
You mean "Public Safety Welfare State".

Public Safety and the unfunded pensions are costing you 65% of your taxes.

Welfare eats 2% of your taxes.

Do the math.
rover

Utica, NY

#3 Jan 29, 2013
State wide poverty rate is 10%, Uticas is 30%, worst in the state. The whole state has problems but according to DiNapoli, Utica is by far the worst city in the state. Congrats Utica phoney leaders, you doing a great job. If we were a sports team, we would get the #1 pick for being in last place. Palmieri, you suck.
Earle Greed

Utica, NY

#4 Jan 29, 2013
So, wonder who is going to buy up the $18 million in bonds the city is trying to sell with such a rosey financial outlook for Utica.
Toughen Up NY

Windsor, CT

#5 Jan 29, 2013
Welfare should be done away with, work or be eliminated!
Earle Greed

Utica, NY

#6 Jan 29, 2013
"...Utica spends more for public safety than the average city, at 31.2 percent of total expenditures
compared to 25.9 percent. Public safety expenditures grew by 4.4 percent on an average annual basis between 2001 and 2011."

That'll bankrupt Utica in a few more years.
Freebie the Bean

Syracuse, NY

#7 Jan 29, 2013
Being 2 ginnys do you think Palmieri and Di Napoli shared some tomato pie and a cannoli at the Florentine?
End Welfare and Freebies

West Hartford, CT

#8 Jan 29, 2013
If they did then I bet they didn't pay w food stamps or a benefit card.
whose fault is it

Syracuse, NY

#9 Jan 29, 2013
Whose fault is it that we flood Utica with refugees and allow the welfare baby machines to populate like rabbits. It is our leaders fault though for letting the public safety unions march to there own beat with unsustainable contracts because they sleep in the same beds together. It is there fault for not being able to create jobs or raise any new revenues. It is there fault for putting a large strain on the 33% of homeowners footing the entire public safety bill and forcing more and more to foreclose and abandoned properties and leaving them empty.
NY SHT HOLE

Camillus, NY

#11 Jan 29, 2013
This whole state is a welfare dump of stealing money from people to hand away to the trash an let the blood sucking leeches destroy the place.
Tom

AOL

#12 Jan 29, 2013
Immigrants changed the status of the city.
My thinking

Waterville, NY

#13 Jan 29, 2013
Having the prisons doesn't help ,family of incarcerated migrate to loved ones .why not. it's free .Housing programs that improve initial look of neighborhood then bring welfare from every direction to destroy and decay all in it's path .It's not a racist thing , it's an ethic thing (taught from previos generations ) all races have good and bad ,some more than others .so back to topic Yes we are heavy in the poverty dept. From taxpayers and budget view we are fuct but for the other half life is good .SuperBowl Sunday and EBT week ...... I forgot where I was going that
Sam

Utica, NY

#14 Jan 29, 2013
Interesting wrote:
You mean "Public Safety Welfare State".
Public Safety and the unfunded pensions are costing you 65% of your taxes.
Welfare eats 2% of your taxes.
Do the math.
2% for welfare, I think that number may be a little low
Sam

Utica, NY

#15 Jan 29, 2013
Tom wrote:
Immigrants changed the status of the city.
Not for the better of Utica NY
Old Timer

Utica, NY

#16 Jan 29, 2013
Toughen Up NY wrote:
Welfare should be done away with, work or be eliminated!
There use to be a rule that in order to remain eligible for Welfare Benefits, all receipants had to register with the unemployment office and MUST work to EARN their benefits.

Whatever happen to this rule? Or doesn't Oneida County too laxed and doesn't follow up on why a healthy, able bodied man or woman on welfare is NOT working?
abc

Utica, NY

#17 Jan 29, 2013
The reason we have some many undesirables is because of govt employees (CO's, Soc Service, Public Safety Unions, politicians). They collect their paychecks because of the undesirables (welfare, prisoners, mentally ill, homeless, immigrants) if we didn't have these undesirables we wouldn't have any unions and politicians screwing us. They like keeping the poverty because they can make a living off them.
Sam

Utica, NY

#18 Jan 29, 2013
abc wrote:
The reason we have some many undesirables is because of govt employees (CO's, Soc Service, Public Safety Unions, politicians). They collect their paychecks because of the undesirables (welfare, prisoners, mentally ill, homeless, immigrants) if we didn't have these undesirables we wouldn't have any unions and politicians screwing us. They like keeping the poverty because they can make a living off them.
HA HA good one lets go back pre 1982 no prisons, Lots of mentally ill people HUNTER HOUSE 4 half houses, low income house gilmore ville, Politicians were screwing up, Lets see what mayor of Utica was cooking the city books and got charged, what Utica mayor was charged with cross dressing in syrarcuse , Do not blame the CO's and what ever else this has been going on too long cut the spending, first welfare this is out of control spending,
True

Glen Head, NY

#19 Jan 29, 2013
abc wrote:
The reason we have some many undesirables is because of govt employees (CO's, Soc Service, Public Safety Unions, politicians). They collect their paychecks because of the undesirables (welfare, prisoners, mentally ill, homeless, immigrants) if we didn't have these undesirables we wouldn't have any unions and politicians screwing us. They like keeping the poverty because they can make a living off them.
Amen! You are 100% correct no matter what the havenot whiners say. Welfare IS prison jobs, cop, social worker. It's just the "uppity welfare". Glad my pop explained all this to me when I was a kid and it turns out he was dead on. His simple advice- Watch haw far people go in life.

You have the complainers mad because they see others getting handouts.

You have the upper welfare class that caters to the government nonsense and "managing" the stupider class like cops and prison reject workers.

Then those groups have kids and the cycle repeats but each time more of the uppers slide into lower and there you have utica. He said that anytime you see someone mad because they think they don't have enough you are looking at someone who simply didn't want it bad enough or felt entitled to it. Both are suckers games. Do for YOURSELF I'll pass out the day I start staring at what people on foodstamps buy and that's the truth.
True

Glen Head, NY

#20 Jan 29, 2013
Sam wrote:
<quoted text>
HA HA good one lets go back pre 1982 no prisons, Lots of mentally ill people HUNTER HOUSE 4 half houses, low income house gilmore ville, Politicians were screwing up, Lets see what mayor of Utica was cooking the city books and got charged, what Utica mayor was charged with cross dressing in syrarcuse , Do not blame the CO's and what ever else this has been going on too long cut the spending, first welfare this is out of control spending,
Please yes CUT all the welfare. That's 2-4%. Meanwhile all the taxeating bottomfeeders in those reject loser jobs for people who hate for life will still keep breaking you and ensure you stay in poor old rundown brownfield ny.

Real smart. I can see why you gravitated toward "correctiontard" now.
why

Cortland, NY

#21 Jan 30, 2013
Because of prisons, halfway houses, drug treatment facilities. Other cities in NYS send all their undesireables to Utica for treatment and they stay. Prison families move up here from NYC cause only county in the state to have 60 day residency requirement for welfare other areas have 6m requirement. Those released from prison stay in places like Rescue mission. Now prisons releasing all thief sex offenders here. Utica dumping ground for the rest of the state. Most of these people are not going to become employed so what do you think is going to happen. So yeah public services like police have to go up because crime is inevitably going to go up as a result, trickle down effect.

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