2012 News Archives

Posted: 12/26/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney today signed the contract that will regionalize Oneida County’s medical examiner services. The contract was passed by both the Oneida County Board Legislators and the Onondaga County Legislature, and will take effect on January 1st.

The... Read more

Posted: 11/28/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced that the 16th Annual Miles for Meals Jingle Bell Run and Walk will take place this Saturday, December 1st in Rome. The event is sponsored by the Roman Runners, Rome Family Y, and International House of Pancakes. Proceeds will benefit the Oneida County Office... Read more

Posted: 11/21/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. today announced that he has appointed Thomas Giruzzi as Oneida County STOP DWI Coordinator. He will begin work in the position on Monday, November 26th.

County Executive Picente said, “Giruzzi brings experience to the position from his time in education and outreach with STOP DWI.... Read more

Posted: 11/16/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. today announced that the 2012-2013 Home Energy Assistance Program, HEAP, will open November 19, 2012 for regular benefits and January 2, 2013 for emergency benefits. The heating equipment repair and replacement component of HEAP began October 1, 2012. The scheduled closing date for all three... Read more

Posted: 11/16/2012

Oneida County Executive, Anthony J. Picente, Jr., is pleased to announce that the Oneida County Office for the Aging and Continuing Care and the Oneida County OFA/OCC Advisory Long Term Care Council will be holding several public forums to address the needs of seniors in our community. 

Oneida County Executive Picente said, “It is... Read more

Posted: 11/16/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. today announced that Camille Tauroney Kahler and William Calli Jr. have been appointed to the Mohawk Valley Community College Board of Trustees as appointments from Oneida County, the sponsoring county of MVCC.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. said, “I am confident that both Camille... Read more

Posted: 11/01/2012

County OCHD to Partner With State Center Of Environmental Health in ATSDR Grant 

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente today announced that the site of the former Kemble Street School in the City of Utica’s Cornhill will be a key feature of a new two-year grant obtained by the New York State Department of Health’s Center... Read more

Posted: 11/01/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today announced Oneida County’s Regional Medical Examiner Project is moving forward with the beginning of the process to hire Assistant Forensic Investigators who will provide forensic death investigation services within Oneida County on behalf of the Onondaga County Medical Examiner.

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Posted: 10/27/2012

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Posted: 10/02/2012

Residents and business owners within portions of the Oneida County Sewer District will be asked to temporarily refrain from water use as crews work to rehabilitate local sewer mains.

Oneida County has contracted with Insituform Technologies, a specialized provider of sewer rehabilitation services, to install a new, jointless sewer pipe... Read more

Posted: 09/18/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., announced today that the flags at all Oneida County buildings will be lowered to half-staff through Friday in honor of former Oneida County employees William Calli and Richard Edwards, who recently passed away.  

William, or Bill as he was called by most, served as County Attorney for... Read more

Posted: 09/17/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today presented a proclamation to Oneida County Sherriff Robert Maciol in honor of Sheriff’s week, which is September 16th-22nd.

“Nothing tells us the importance of the office of Sheriff in Oneida County as much as looking back at the start of this county,” Picente said... Read more

Posted: 09/14/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. has been named First Vice President of the New York State Association of Counties. The announcement came at NYSAC’s annual meeting which took place in Syracuse.

As First Vice President, County Executive Picente is part of the executive committee which sets the direction the association takes... Read more

Posted: 09/14/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. today announced that Oneida County has received re-designation under the Military Airport Program (MAP) so that Griffiss Airport can receive federal funding set aside for capital projects that are transforming former military facilities. The airport has been re-designated for a period of five years,... Read more

Posted: 09/13/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today announced that Richard Gifford has been named the new aviation commissioner for Oneida County.

“Richard Gifford has had a successful military career where he demonstrated success in both management and the aviation field,” Picente said. “He also brings valuable experience and proven... Read more

Posted: 09/04/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. will join representatives of local community partners, including the Community Foundation, Mohawk Valley Community College, and the Literacy Coalition at a news conference to announce an exciting new program aimed at helping young people achieve the dream of college.

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Posted: 08/29/2012

Premier Aviation in Rome Cited as a Success Story
In Region’s Efforts to Find Jobs for Laid-Off Workers

Citing the success story of Premier Aviation, USA in Rome, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today urged other employers to participate in the On The Job Training Program operated by the Workforce Investment Board... Read more

Posted: 08/23/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced that Oneida County Government will be supporting a regional service project aimed at helping needy veterans and their families.

“Oneida County will join the Mohawk Valley Regional Volunteer Center, other government and community partners from across the Region and across the... Read more

Posted: 08/08/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. issued a proclamation to Regional Primary Care Network today in honor of National Health Center Week. Picente issued the proclamation to staff of the facility at their Utica Community Health Center office on Oneida St. in Utica.

The proclamation stated that, “America's community health centers... Read more

Posted: 08/07/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. today announced that the Oneida County ebay program of using surplus items as a revenue-generating mechanism for the county has hit $2 Million in revenue.

The program began in July of 2004 as a way to sell off surplus items that County Departments were no longer going to use, but which could... Read more

Posted: 08/01/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente today praised Upstate Cerebral Palsy for its efforts to support the Oneida County College Student Corps and help grow the human services workforce of the future.

“There is a tremendous need for trained, understanding, compassionate human services workers who can deal with the needs of our... Read more

Posted: 07/31/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today announced  that a two-day teacher training program has begun to provide middle and high-school educators training and information on the high-growth career fields of science and technology.

The 2012 SEMI High Tech U Teacher Edition kicked off its two days of training at Oneida-Herkimer... Read more

Posted: 07/25/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced that he has asked the Oneida County Board of Legislators to adopt a countywide local law banning the synthetic drugs that are used in chemical compounds referred to as “bath salts.”

“What we are seeing is an epidemic of illegal drug use that is not only taxing our law... Read more

Posted: 07/24/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced that Oneida County has enhanced its Internet presence with a newly redesigned Web site. The address of www.ocgov.net does not change.

The redesigned website is easier to navigate and more user friendly, said Oneida County Executive... Read more

Posted: 07/19/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr., joined by Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi as well as Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, stressed the theme of moving on to higher education and avoidance of substance abuse at the Oneida County Summer Youth Employment Program’s annual Work Readiness Day held at the Utica campus of Mohawk Valley... Read more

Posted: 07/09/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr., Oneida County Department of Social Services Commissioner Lucille Soldato and Sandra Soroka, Executive Director of The Neighborhood Center are excited to announce that The Neighborhood Center has joined the National Circles™ Campaign to be the Lead Organization to help create  community and... Read more

Posted: 07/05/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that the 4th Annual Oneida County Youth Bureau Sidewalk Art Contest will take place the week of July 9th. The event will take place in municipalities across the county and in partnership with the many youth serving agencies throughout Oneida County.

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Posted: 06/29/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr .today announced that the Oneida County Youth Bureau is accepting proposals from interested non-profit organizations that would like the opportunity to provide youth-oriented programs that offer delinquency prevention, recreation and positive youth development opportunities during 2013.

“The... Read more

Posted: 06/28/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced that the Oneida County Public Market at Utica’s Union Station will begin a shuttle service for seniors beginning Saturday, June 30. 

“We believe that the Oneida County Public Market is a wonderful opportunity for the senior citizens who live in downtown Utica’s residential... Read more

Posted: 06/27/2012

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente announced that Griffiss Airport will receive a long-awaited $5.3 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) via Airport Improvement Program Funding (AIP). The funding was authorized over a year ago when the FAA authorized the County’s design... Read more

Posted: 06/20/2012

As part of the region’s transformative strategy to grow its own high-tech workforce, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today announced the kickoff for the 2012 SEMI High Tech U Teacher Edition, in partnership with officials from the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, Workforce Investment Board, Mohawk Valley EDGE... Read more

Posted: 06/19/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. will make an important announcement about an innovative program coming to Oneida County as part of his efforts to build partnerships that will develop the high technology workforce of the future.

Time: 11 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, June 20th... Read more

Posted: 06/18/2012

As a point of information, the Oneida County Department of Health has announced that there have been six confirmed cases of Cryptosporidium. The Oneida County Health Department is currently investigating the origin of the outbreak. Officials are looking into the possibility of the outbreak stemming from the recent Farmfest event, but caution... Read more

Posted: 06/15/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that Oneida County has been awarded a National Emergency Grant through the New York State Department of Labor to assist in efforts to remove debris from Sauquoit Creek and its tributaries as the result of damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in the summer of 2011.... Read more

Posted: 06/15/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., in collaboration with the Oneida County Bar Association, today oversaw the rededication of the Oneida County Courthouse upon the completion of a multi-phase, multi-year renovation project that totaled about $25 million. Picente and the Bar Association also held the unveiling of portraits of five... Read more

Posted: 06/11/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente said today that more than 400 inner city houses have been surveyed by the Oneida County Health Department’s Lead Primary Prevention program for chipped and peeling paint since May of this year as part of its March to the Middle program.

Picente said the LPP team conducts visual... Read more

Posted: 06/11/2012

Oneida County Disaster Planning Committee volunteers are currently developing a contingency plan regarding emergency companion animal services, followed by a plan for livestock and horses in the event of a local disaster. The Committee is looking to form an active emergency County Animal Response Team (CART) that would be ready when needed. The... Read more

Posted: 05/17/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced that Oneida County has completed months of renovation work at the REA (Railway Express Agency) Wing of Union Station on Bagg’s Square in Downtown Utica. The REA Wing will house the Oneida County Public Market and will also be developed for use for other potential community... Read more

Posted: 05/10/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. today announced that a resolution was passed by the Board of Legislators naming the Pinnacle Road Bridge in the Town of Paris in honor of former Oneida County legislator and former Commissioner of the Department of Public Works, John “Jack” Williams. The resolution was sponsored by Chairman of the... Read more

Posted: 05/07/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today announced that Oneida County Workforce Development will be holding an outreach session for the 2012 Oneida County Summer Youth Employment Program at several locations in Utica and Rome.

“Oneida County’s Summer Youth Employment Program is offering young people from all parts of the... Read more

Posted: 05/01/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that the first steps of a coordinated, inter-agency response to the needs of Orion Bus workers will begin Wednesday, with representatives of the Oneida County Office of Workforce Development and Working Solutions Consortium providing information and assistance outreach to Orion... Read more

Posted: 05/01/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that an inspiring video featuring the life stories of three Oneida County senior citizens will have its premier on Thursday, May 3rd, at 10 a.m. at the Parkway Senior Center in Utica. The video was developed by the Greater Mohawk Valley Community Elderwellness Council,... Read more

Posted: 04/19/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today announced that the most recent estimates of Oneida County’s fiscal position at the end of 2011 show that the county expects to compile a surplus of $6,044,000.

“Let me tell you what we did: we spent less,” Picente said. “Even before the year began, we were making reductions in a very... Read more

Posted: 04/19/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced that Oneida County will host the inaugural STOP DWI High School Baseball Classic. The event is free to the public and will take place Friday, April 20th, and Saturday, April 21st at Murnane Field in Utica.

The tournament will involve high school... Read more

Posted: 04/11/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. and County Comptroller Joseph Timpano today announced the release of strong credit ratings from three agencies.

“Putting our fiscal house in order has been one of my top priorities as County Executive, and these ratings are a reflection of the hard work we have done to solidify our... Read more

Posted: 04/11/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. today announced that he is scheduling an educational forum on hydrofracking to provide area residents with the opportunity to hear both sides of the issue.

The event will be held at Mohawk Valley Community College’s theater in the IT Building on Saturday April 21 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Doors... Read more

Posted: 04/10/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Jr. today announced that as part of the county’s annual observance of National Telecommunicators Week, the Oneida County 911 Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14th for tours and information during the annual Open House. The Center is located at 120 Base Road in... Read more

Posted: 04/04/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today announced that applications for any component of the 2011-2012 Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) must be filed within the next 8 days. This includes regular, emergency, and heating equipment repair and replacement benefits.   

In person applications will be accepted through close... Read more

Posted: 04/03/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. today announced that a number of problems have surfaced after a recent independent audit of the Board of Elections that Picente had called for in December.

“When I called for this action, there were concerns that I felt had to be investigated by a third party in order to uphold my... Read more

Posted: 04/02/2012

The loss of water to a block of downtown buildings has resulted the interruption of services at Oneida County Government offices located in the 200 block of Elizabeth Street in downtown Utica, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. said today.

Picente said that the Oneida County Law Library Building at 235 Elizabeth Street and... Read more

Posted: 03/30/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. today urged local business owners who suffered damages in two severe storms of 2011 to contact the Oneida County Department of Planning as a first step in a process that could result in funding to address damages caused by Hurricane Irene and/or Tropical Storm Lee. The money is being made available by... Read more

Posted: 03/28/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr .and UNHS NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center CEO Janice Forte today announced the county has secured $750,000 in funds from New York State Office of Community Renewal that will be used by The HomeOwnership Center to fund the County’s Housing Rehabilitation Program for Seniors living in Oneida... Read more

Posted: 03/26/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente today reminded eligible residents across the Oneida County region of the Wednesday, March 28th deadline for the county’s upcoming Public Safety Telecommunicator  (911 dispatch) Civil Service Examination.

“With the extensive responsibilities that our 911 Center handles, we are looking... Read more

Posted: 03/20/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today encouraged Oneida County residents who know remarkable senior citizens or employers and community partners that strongly support seniors to nominate those individuals and organizations so that the county can honor them during “Older Americans Month” in May.

“Across this county, there... Read more

Posted: 03/19/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., announced today that the flags at all Oneida County buildings will be lowered to half-staff through Friday in honor of former Oneida County Commissioner of Social Services, Michael McGuirl.

Michael, or Mike as he was called by most, served as Oneida County Commissioner of Social Services... Read more

Posted: 03/16/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the signing of the legislation to reform New York’s pension system and create a new Tier VI for newly hired public employees. County Executive Picente was also among those asked to speak by Governor Cuomo, along with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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Posted: 03/14/2012

Oneida County Office for the Aging/Continuing Care is pleased to announce the Life Stories grant award by The Community Foundation of Herkimer& Oneida Counties, Inc. The Community Foundation has awarded a grant of $8,991 for the production of the Life Stories project. “Everyone has a story: Telling the story of Oneida County Seniors... Read more

Posted: 03/13/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that the Oneida County College Corps Internship Program is accepting applications from potential interns and employers.

Applications for college students who want to be hired as interns are available on line at ... Read more

Posted: 03/09/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. and Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol today announced that Oneida County has donated a surplus car to the Clark Mills Volunteer Fire Department to help the Department reduce its costs.

“When cars are taken out of the sheriff’s fleet once the miles pile up, they still have a useful life,... Read more

Posted: 03/06/2012

Calling Oneida County’s sound fiscal stewardship a foundation that can help the region accomplish its goals for economic and community growth, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced a wide-ranging program of efforts to grow jobs, enhance the region’s workforce, and continue to promote efficiency in government.

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Posted: 03/01/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. took his effort to reduce the burden of pension costs on local governments and county taxpayers to Albany yesterday, speaking in support of Governor Cuomo’s proposed Tier VI retirement system. The County Executive was asked by Mayor Bloomberg to speak as part of a coalition of pro-reform elected... Read more

Posted: 02/28/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced that in 2011, 733 Oneida County youth gave back almost 700 hours to the community through the Oneida County Children Care Initiative, an Oneida County Youth Bureau initiative that began in 2009.

“As Oneida County supports our youth through programs and activities at some of... Read more

Posted: 02/27/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr., joined by representative of the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce, Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce and School and Business Alliance today announced that Oneida County’s Office of Workforce Development will be offering a Summer Youth Employment Program in 2012. He called upon local employers and... Read more

Posted: 02/17/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., along with Oneida County Tourism President Kelly Blazosky today announced that Oneida County’s vital hospitality sector had a strong showing in 2011.

“We are working very hard to make Oneida County a destination for tourists and a center for travelers of all kinds,” Picente said. “We have... Read more

Posted: 02/16/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., yesterday urged the New York State Legislative Task Force on demographic research and reapportionment to keep Oneida County whole in the upcoming redistricting process at the state and federal levels.

On congressional redistricting, Picente said, “Currently, all of Oneida County, with the... Read more

Posted: 02/13/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. announced today that a public hearing for the proposed local law Introductory A, which calls for reducing the size of the Board of Legislators by 6 members, will be held on February 24th. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. on the 10th floor of the Oneida County Office building... Read more

Posted: 02/02/2012

The Oneida County Department of Water Quality and Water Pollution Control is accepting bids for sanitary sewer manhole rehabilitation. The construction work will occur across the municipalities that are served by the Sauquoit Creek Pumping Station. The project is estimated to cost $1.8 million.

“Oneida County is committed to moving... Read more

Posted: 01/26/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that he has issued a proclamation honoring Charles “Jeff” Scherz of Boonville, who was inducted into the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame in 2010 and who passed away January 20th.

“Charles “Jeff” Scherz of Boonville played in vital role in America’s... Read more

Posted: 01/11/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., announced today that the flags at all Oneida County buildings will be lowered to half-staff through Friday in honor of Judge John Murad. Judge Murad served our community as a Judge for over 35 years as a Utica City Court Judge, an Oneida County Court Judge, and as a state Supreme Court Justice in... Read more

Posted: 01/11/2012

Noting that Oneida County’s 911 Center today began fielding all 911 calls made from the City of Utica, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today called the transition a landmark step in governmental collaboration.

“We in the county have worked diligently and ceaselessly to bring about the consolidation of 911 services... Read more

Posted: 01/04/2012

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced that Oneida County is taking an important step to determine the future of commercial air service from Griffiss International Airport in Rome by hiring an expert consultant to assess the feasibility of launching regularly scheduled, passenger air carrier service at the Airport.... Read more

Posted: 01/03/2012

“Joint Initiative Partners MVCC, LPP and Workforce Development”

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced a free training program designed to provide as many as ten persons with construction experience who are currently unemployed the necessary skills to work on pre-1978 built houses that... Read more