UTICA, N.Y. -- Members of the citizen's advisory committee in Utica publicly resigned Wednesday night.
For the past few months, committee members say the legitimacy of their group was questioned when Utica common council members realized that some people in the committee were not Utica residents.
The committee is responsible for making recommendations to the common council regarding what to do with Community Development Block Grant funds.
According to the council's majority leader, Frank Meola, they told the group to continue their business until they could appoint new members, but the citizen's advisory committee refused.
"Whatever information that they gathered, meaning either residents or not residents, is good information that we can bring to the merit. The committee is just a recommendation. That's all it does. The mayor makes the final decision on all CDBG funding disbursements," said Meola.
"Legitimately make the committee so that we can continue to do our business. On October 2nd, they failed to do that. We told them that if they didn't do that we were prepared to resign and that is why we're here tonight," said Ken Roser, Citizen's Advisory Committee Chair.
The committee's responsibilities will not go undone. They will now be completed by the Economic Development Committee.