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Utica for All of Us

Celeste Friend is the only candidate with a clear vision for Utica’s future.

She’s a proven leader, dedicated to transparency, livability, and sustainability.

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We’ve been receiving a steady stream of endorsements, and I’m deeply grateful for each one. These endorsements not only signify trust and unity, but they also highlight my commitment to collaboration and vital city improvements.

Kirsten Gillibrand
NY State Senator
Thomas DiNapoli
NY State Comptroller


Celeste Friend has demonstrated her commitment to transparency of government, protecting the livability of our neighborhoods, and building a sustainable Utica.

As Mayor, she will continue her commitment:


  • Ongoing open communication with residents
  • Better access to City services
  • An open process for choosing street paving

Livable Communities

  • Quality, affordable housing
  • Expanded, proactive Codes enforcement
  • Safe, walkable, and accessible neighborhoods


  • Flood mitigation
  • Preparing for climate change
  • Maintaining existing infrastructure

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Celeste believes in the power of communication. She believes that democracy is stronger, and we are empowered as citizens, when we are kept informed. So she writes a regular monthly newsletter that keeps people informed of business before the Council, how she votes, and other important information about Utica. She also writes a series of newsletters called “How Utica Works,” which explains various functions of city government. Sign up today and be in the loop!

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