David Roefaro recall, Utica, New York, 2009
Newell began a campaign to recall Mayor Roefaro on June 22, 2009. At the time, Newell said that he believed Roefaro was hiring and promoting family and friends. However, in late July, Newell said that he was abandoning his efforts because Arcuri has transformed the campaign into an "ego ridden personal attack campaign." Arcuri and Newell, once part of the same campaign, splintered the campaign just prior to Newell's late July announcement to abandon the campaign.
Petition supporters had until July 21, 2009, 30 days after the recall campaign started, to submit a minimum of 2,800 signatures. Despite the deadline, on July 21, recall supporters said that they planned to submit petition signatures by September 15, 2009. However, only signatures collected on or before August 15 would be considered legally valid. Sufficient signatures were not submitted, and no recall election took place.
- WKTV,"Newell ends bid to recall Utica Mayor David Roefaro," July 25, 2009
- Utica Observer-Dispatch,"Organizers split after rift over recall efforts," July 10, 2009
- WKTV,"As deadline for recall petition approaches; Utica Mayor carries on with "business as usual"," July 16, 2009
- WKTV,"Mayoral recall petition could move into Fall," July 21, 2009