Letters From Neighbors: Friends and neighbors throughout South Utica/3rd Ward are excited to vote for and support Celeste. Many of them are writing letters to express that support. Leading up to the November 5th election, these letters will be distributed in the neighborhood.
Dear Friends and Neighbors:
The election for Utica Common Council is coming up, and we are very excited that our friend Celeste Friend is running for a seat on the Council to represent the Third Ward. Celeste is smart, very committed to everything she does, and she cares deeply about all things Utica. She would make an excellent councilperson! She wants to add energy and reason to Utica politics by encouraging civic engagement. She has touched the hearts and minds of so many Uticans in her district already, and she has instilled excitement and hope for the future of our city. She would be a strong voice for a responsible, responsive, and transparent government. She is a vitally energetic person who teaches philosophy, makes jewelry, works on her house, and she loves dogs and cats! We hope that you will vote for Celeste on Tuesday November 5. She would be a strong voice on the Utica Common Council.
Thank you, Barbara Gold and Carl Rubino Prospect Street Utica, NY
Dear Friends and Neighbors: We are voting for Celeste Friend for Utica Common Council District 3. While most council members are reactive and wait for complaints, Celeste has a vision for the district for the future.
Where others see vacant lots, Celeste sees mini parks. Where others see lopsided buildings in settled neighborhoods, Celeste sees economic development in the Arts.
Where City officials mandate change from the top down, Celeste sees Uticans debating and selecting appropriate changes. Utica’s future is not about the council remaining remote from its constituents — it’s about us mandating change.
Celeste Friend for Utica’s future.
Joan and Bill Blanchfield Sunset Ave. Utica, NY
August, 2019 Dear Neighbor,
This is just a brief note to encourage you to support Celeste Friend, who is running to represent the Third Ward on the Utica Common Council.
Celeste is a believer in what she terms “Robust Democracy” – a deeply participatory approach to local government that involves bringing more people into the process, encouraging constituents to become more engaged in how our city is run, and fighting for greater transparency in governance at every level. She is determined to make the Common Council and, by extension, all of city government more responsive to its constituents, and she has the intelligence and the energy to make it happen.
We have lived in South Utica for more than thirty years, and in that time we have seldom had the opportunity to interact with our Common Council members unless they were looking for our votes. Celeste Friend is different. She is eager to partner with all of us in making Utica a more livable, more prosperous city, and we can’t wait to get started.
Please join us in supporting Celeste Friend for Utica Common Council, Third Ward, this November 5th, and thanks. Sincerely, Joe Perry / Karen Morse Utica, NY
October, 2019 Dear Friends and Neighbors,
On November 5th we intend to vote for Celeste Friend to represent South Utica’s 3rd Ward on the Utica City Council. We hope you will too.
Like all Utica neighborhoods, ours has its own unique needs and challenges. We must have someone on the City Council who thoroughly understands our interests and will fight for what we need. Celeste is that person.
Over the last several months Celeste has brought more passion and energy to this election than we’ve seen in years. She’s working hard to meet every voter and hear everyone’s concerns. She is committed to making city government more transparent, open, and responsive. Utica is changing – for the better – and the civic engagement and citizen participation that Celeste advocates every day is essential to our success.
We urge you to support Celeste Friend for the Utica City Council.
Cindy and Ray Bepko Beverly Place Utica, NY
Marlene Davis Diane P. Jones Emerson Ave. Utica, New York October 2019
Dear Neighbors: We have been neighbors of Celeste Friend for over twelve years and could not ask for a better neighbor. We find that Celeste is very conscientious and concerned not only with the safety but also the aesthetic character of city block, greater community and city. A few years ago Celeste organized a “clean up” for our block. She provided cleaning items we would need and also provided light refreshments, pulling together a community of diverse neighbors who worked together toward a common goal.
Celeste also boldly dialogues with City agencies to further improve our block like Codes, and Traffic Enforcement. Celeste routinely keeps us informed about elections taking place and often has candidates come to her home for a ‘meet and greet’ for her friends and neighbors. Celeste is a champion not only for her community but the city, county and state. She protects her community and is a strong leader. She rolls up her sleeves and gets involved. She would be an excellent addition to the Utica Common Council Ward 3.
Marlene Davis Diane P. Jones
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
To see Celeste Friend is to see a thorough and caring dynamo who abounds with ideas and has the energy and determination to see them through successfully. She has a strong and abiding interest in politics.
She will bring all of her ideas,thoroughness, energy, caring and determination to the City of Utica Common Council.
Celeste also works well with others. She will listen to and understand her constituents and fight their fights. Yet, to get things done, she will also know how to work and communicate well with her Common Council colleagues and our Mayor.
Celeste Friend, we know her well, is an untiring advocate for our great city.
Sincerely, Frank & Frances Giruzzi Arlington Rd. Utica NY
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Forrest Gump famously said, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Well, I know EXACTLY what you’re gonna get with Celeste Friend – an intelligent, hard-working, and passionate public servant.
It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of support, because I have witnessed her in action. Her enthusiasm, clear purpose, and dedication to the success of every member of our community is truly inspiring. Her broad vision of democracy and commitment to being our voice in government is a welcome change to Utica’s status quo.
She proves her dedication every day by going door to door, introducing herself to us, and listening to our concerns. Our issues are her issues too: support for small locally owned businesses, infrastructure including roads and sewers, and a government that is open to everybody instead of just the same old insiders.
South Utica needs Celeste's fresh, independent voice now more than ever. We deserve a hands-on representative who will work hard, listen to our input, and truly represent us in city hall. I enthusiastically support Celeste Friend for Utica’s 3rd Ward and encourage you to join me in voting for her on November 5, 2019.