Utica residents got to weigh in recently on how the city will go about its effort to improve the lives of lower-income residents.
People packed the gymnasium at the Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School during the poverty town hall meeting, casting their votes for five projects aimed at eliminating the barriers that prevent people from moving out of poverty.
The most popular project was a 24-hour child care center. Shamika Rather says she recently had to quit a job because of a lack of child care options.