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The City Of Utica Honors Its Front Line Workers - Unveils ‘Essential Workers Way’

Published Thursday, October 1, 2020
by Steve Howe/Utica Observer-Dispatch
The City Of Utica Honors Its Front Line Workers - Unveils ‘Essential Workers Way’

(UTICA, NEW YORK) - City of Utica Officials gathered Wednesday (September 30th) to unveil a sign to name a stretch of Kemble Street as Essential Workers Way amid the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The Utica Common Council approved the measure to rename the section by a unanimous vote at its September 2nd meeting and the sign was placed at the intersection of Kemble and Hobart streets. 

Mayor Robert Palmieri, Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon and Council Members Jack LoMedico, Delvin Moody, Celeste Friend, Frank Meola and Joe Betrus, Jr. attended the unveiling ceremony.

They were joined by members of 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU), a Health Care Workers Union, outside of Oneida Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. 

Palmieri said the pandemic has highlighted the essential Workers in the city who haven't been recognized for their contributions.

He said despite the challenges of the pandemic, there has been a positive in exposing the work of Employees in critical services like hospitals, grocery stores and trucking. 

"It's the men and women, each and every day, that put their lives on the line to protect us, to provide the services for us," Palmieri said.

“While our employer ‘has failed to recognize and appreciate the work we have been doing,’ the Utica community and the City of Utica elected officials ‘have had our backs!’  ‘Thank You!’” said Shatasha Edwards, an 1199 SEIU Member employed at the Oneida Center, who also addressed those at the ceremony.

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