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For Immediate Release: June 29, 2020

 

Statement from Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri

 

A video was posted on social media over the weekend in which a white male yelled racial obscenities at a black woman while driving on Genesee Street. 

 

The statements and slurs made by this bigoted racist were horrifying and repulsive.  This type of conduct is completely unacceptable and has no place in our public discourse. 

 

Utica is a warm, diverse and welcoming community and this individual does not represent who we are or the values we believe in.   

 

I have the utmost respect and admiration for the woman who had to endure this awful incident.  The class she demonstrated in the face of such unspeakable hatred is inspiring and should be commended.