At least that is the accusation from Mayor Roefaro in today's Utica Daily News.
To some extent, I agree with him. This bias comes through as an Anti-Utica Bias but sometimes is more overtly anti-Italian, as in the OD article about "snickering" over dropped vowels, and OD's seeming fixation on 50 year old "Sin City" events. And, yes, there seems to be a double standard where New Hartford is concerned (although that may finally be changing). The bias is wrong, and it hinders regional progress.
That said, the Mayor cannot convincingly play the "bias" card to cover up the shenanigans over the Labella appointment. The law was violated. Several layers of government and several bureaucrats were complicit.
It's important for the public to know these things and the newspaper's job to report them.
There are plenty Americans of Italian descent in the Utica area that are upset over l'affaire Labella. The mayor's claim of bias to cover up his own lack of accountability is not only irresponsible but is a poor reflection on Utica and others who share his ethnic heritage.