Updated 06/20/2012 10:27 PM
Utica votes on contract for county money
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UTICA, N.Y. -- The City of Utica's Common Council finally got into the specifics Wednesday about the $100,000 deal from Oneida County to help restore commanding officers in the Utica Police Department.
The council approved a county contract that outlines how the money would be used and when they would get it.
Some council members previously took issue with parts of the county's plan. They wanted the money to be less prescribed so they could use it to pay for police overtime.
Others disliked the reassignment of three Utica officers to the county's Drug Task Force and Child Advocacy Center.
County Executive Anthony Picente says the deal is mutually beneficial because those task forces lost resources with Utica's management cuts.
"When you have a city the size of Utica, it tends to attract more of the drug activity. Not that that doesn't occur in other parts of the county, but it spreads and stems and moves around quite a bit. So between that and the Child Advocacy Center, losing a Utica presence would be significant in terms of the manpower there," Picente said.
The Oneida County Legislature will now have to approve the contract before it is signed and the money can be transferred.