Where do most Utican's flee?
Posted in the Utica Forum
#1 Oct 10, 2009
It would be interesting to find out where most Utican's have gone for work over the past 20 or so years? Florida? California?
#2 Oct 11, 2009
Just look for the city with the largest population of overweight ignorant bigmouth toughguy eyetayins. You know, the city with 60,000 traffic lights and the only people who make over 30k a year got there because they know Pauly Googootz or vote for the wop wannabee congressman.
The city where city workers don't pay taxes and they don't live in the city with the scum.
They moved away to that far off bliss where the newspapers only print happy stories and 30 foot cars are still the rage. Where you're not livin large unless you have a "camp" and make money grinding people to shreds or politically ripping people off and no-one ever knows or hears about it.
Wherever they moved off to it won't be long before they fk that all up.
#3 Oct 11, 2009
Let me tell you about my circle of friends growing up in Utica. One moved to Wisconsin. Another is outside Philly, One lives in Cape Cod. One is in Myrtle Beach. Another is outside Fort Lauderdale. One is in Virginia. Three or four are still in New York State but far from Utica. Me, I tried to hang on, but as soon as the current regime was elected into office we sold our home and fled as well. We chose the Carolinas coastal area.
Only one of us are Italian, not that it matters. We are all working professionals in our mid 40's with children and nice homes. None of are politicians, or city workers. Our newspapers still print unhappy stories but far less are about crime or ridiculously unbelievable political scandals. Fortunately, most of that was left behind when we all decided to leave Utica.
We all visit each other regularly and we all still visit Utica maybe once a year or so, to see the few friends and family that are still there. Those visits always reinforce that we made the right decision to leave.
Where I live now, simply enforcing ALL of the laws, and making it very difficult to receive public assistance under strict guidelines, has made all the difference in the world in quality of life. My total taxes in Utica on a home I sold for just $90K were $2700 yearly. Now I pay a total of $650 yearly on a $225K home. Gas was $2.14 a gallon yesterday. What I paid National Grid for Dec,Jan and Feb. pays my utilities for all 12 months now. Cigarettes are $3.00 a pack if thats your thing. I received a raise and promotion while staying with the same company I have been with for 15 years.
I still get online and read the OD rag, check out WKTV, and of course Topix, on a daily basis. Why? Because it is my hometown, where I lived most of my life, and I still care about it and the family and friends who remain.
#4 Oct 11, 2009
Having done business in CNY for years and the fact I have a few great friends their is why I keep track of what is going on in Utica...
This link may provide some insight as to where New Yorkers are moving to. I am shocked at the amount of people I meet from CNY in all kinds of business.
Interesting side note, Take a look at the populations of Utica and Charlotte on Wikipedia... In 1940 they were the same size... and now?
Keep up the good food as that is the one thing Utica has over Charlotte...
And for those friends I have in Utica I do hope you see the light and relocate before the place implodes...
#5 Oct 11, 2009
I have 4 children (2 boys & 2 girls). One boy moved to Vermont over 30 years ago because of employment reasons. He owns his own home and family now, and wouldn't move back to Utica no matter what was offerred to him! He visits about 4 times a year - but can't wait to get back to Vermont.
My other son also moved to Vermont to be close to his brother and for employment reasons. He moved over 2 years ago and loves Vermont and has an excellent, well paying job that he would never have gotten if he stayed where he was (Syracuse).
My 2 daughters still remain in Utica and both have well paying positions with local Insurance Companies.
The only people that remain in Utica are the ones on Welfare or the Senior citizens that can't sell their homes and move the heck out of this cess pool.
#6 Oct 11, 2009
I moved away from Utica for various reasons. Now, I currently live in central North Carolina right outside of Raleigh. Utica will always be my hometown as well, and I frequently visit the area due to family and some friends who will forever be "lifers" of the city. I do miss the Italian food and pastries that can only be found tastefully decadent in Utica. Down here, in the south, though we have people try to imitate the various entrees and desserts from the north; it's never the same. It's certainly never as delicious as Utica's finest foods. It was only after I moved away from Utica five years ago, that I realized what an amazing cultural area Utica represents.
I will never move back to Utica however. It will only be a place for me to visit and to see old friends and family. My life is brighter and much more pleasant in a state that provides more comforting sunshine as opposed to dreary clouds and cold weather most of the year. The ocean is just a mere 2 hours away, and the same for the mountains in the other direction. My house is newer than most in Utica and I pay fewer taxes than I would if I were still there. Of course, they're are pros and cons to every major decision to move...however, my pros definitely outnumbered the cons in my choice to move. Utica is just not for me anymore.
Moreover, because Utica will forever be my hometown, I also choose to update myself on some of the topics that are in the air by checking the Uticaod.com and WKTV news and sometimes this Topix forum so that I am knowledgeable of what's happening in Utica when I do go back for my visits with family.
#7 Oct 11, 2009
Its too bad that a bad element has taken over this area. I can smell it much like skunk or rotten dead cow smell. They are only out for themselves and want power. Some are in power now in the city and some are running for county legislator positions just by their actions will finish this area off for good. Its a shame and I will be packing up and leaving in the near future as I am not going to be strangled year after year by higher taxes on school county village or city. The people that are not saying anything about these higher taxes are really dumb.
#8 Aug 16, 2014
I left over ten years ago and I will never regret the decision. Now I just can't wait to leave New York State.
Since: May 11
#9 Aug 17, 2014
New York is just not business friendly. There wasn't a whole lot going on in Utica 35 years ago, now there is even less.
Anyone with an education pretty much as to move to one of the areas that are growing (mostly in the low tax states in the South and Southwest).
What can you do in Utica other than collect a government check?
#10 Aug 17, 2014
Well, one can always apply for a job in the burgeoning drug trade. Surprisingly little arson this summer so far, perhaps they're putting that off for the fall when the weather is more dry. Tallying daily job losses is always a fun activity for the kids. I understand the OD will be starting up a betting pool on which the of the last few dwindling employers in the county will close up forever and when. It's only a matter of time anyway.
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