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Syracuse Auditor criticizes Utica for cancelling Pride Flag raising

Several people raising rainbow flag in front of Syracuse City Hall
WAER File Photo
Pride flag gets raised in front of Syracuse City Hall to kick of Pride Month previous June.

Earlier this week, the City of Utica announced it will only raise national flags at its City Hall, foregoing flags for organizations or causes going forward. That includes the Pride flag.

In response, Syracuse City Auditor Alexander Marion is inviting Utica’s and all LGBTQ+ communities throughout Oneida County to join his city as it raises the Pride flag at Syracuse City Hall on June 1st.

Marion sees Utica’s cancellation of the flag-raising ceremony as hypocritical against its own citizens, since it raises flags in recognition of North Korea, Iran, and Russia. Utica had raised the Pride flag in past years, but cancelled it this year, citing the new policy.

June is celebrated as Pride Month by some communities and LGBTQ+ organizations. Syracuse-area group CNY Pride has plans for a festival and parade June 22nd.

Chris Bolt, Ed.D. has proudly been covering the Central New York community and mentoring students for more than 30 years. His career in public media started as a student volunteer, then as a reporter/producer. He has been the news director for WAER since 1995. Dedicated to keeping local news coverage alive, Chris also has a passion for education, having trained, mentored and provided a platform for growth to more than a thousand students. Career highlights include having work appear on NPR, CBS, ABC and other news networks, winning numerous local and state journalism awards.