UTICA, N.Y. -- Officials from several Utica organizations are joining with other community members to help keep the city's streets and sidewalks clean, with an effort known as the Quality of Life Sweep.
Wednesday marked the 20th sweep since April and Mayor Robert Palmieri says they've covered about 35 miles so far.
Typically volunteers from city hall, the parks department, the public works department, codes enforcement officials, the police department and the fire department help out with the sweep. But other elected officials, including Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and Senator Joseph Griffo, came out for Wednesday's sweep as well, despite differences in political opinions.
"So it's an opportunity for them to not only to see what's going on, but more or less to send the message out there that party affiliation makes no difference. We're working to improve the betterment of the Utica area and that's what we're here for," said Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri.
The Quality of Life Sweep has taken place every week since April 4th.