Inauguration ceremony for Utica Youth Common Council

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Mayor Robert Palmieri today held an inauguration ceremony at City Hall for seven high school students to serve on the Utica Youth Common Council.


The City of Utica supports the civic engagement of our youth.  The Youth Common Council is a unique platform in which the voices of youth in our community can be heard and where students can learn the inner-workings of local government.     


Youth Common Councilmembers will be given opportunities to work with their Common Council representative and provide their perspective on issues before the Council.  Terms for the Youth Councilmembers will end in June 2021.


All of the Youth Councilmembers were recognized by the Utica Common Council, as well as Congressman Anthony Brindisi, Senator Joseph Griffo and Assemblywomen Marianne Buttenschon.


Mayor Palmieri stated, “Now more than ever, it is important that our youth be civically minded and engaged in the issues that face our community and country.  I am proud of these students for showing an interest in government, and I’m confident this program will be a great learning experience for all involved.”


Utica Youth Common Council Advisor Stephanie Heiland stated, “When we allow high school students to play a role in their local government, we give them invaluable experience and create an opportunity for them to be invested in their community long-term. The Utica Youth Common Councilmembers are very passionate about the City of Utica. I am excited to see the impact they make.”