2013 Press Releases
Paying Off Amortization Bill Early Saves Taxpayers Half A Million Dollars
County Executive Anthony J. Picente announced today his plan to pay off $2,907,482 in amortized state retirement payments. The amortization of County retirement bills, required by law to be paid annually to the State, has been an approach used since 2011. By paying the $2,907,482 early the County saves $460,305 in interest payments.
On December 6, 2013, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente was elected to serve as president of the New York State County Executives Association, a statewide bipartisan association made up of county executives from across the State.
County Executive Picente announces money to begin construction on new parking in Downtown Utica
County Executive Anthony J. Picente announced today that he will ask the Oneida County Board of Legislator’s to approve $500,000 to be transferred to the Upper Mohawk Valley Memorial Auditorium Authority for the explicit use of creating a new parking lot across the street to the Utica Auditorium.
Sheriff Maciol: Jail Graduation Ceremony Highlights Efforts to Help Oneida County Inmates Change Lives
Joined by government and community officials, Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol today presided over a unique graduation at the Oneida County Jail as a group of inmates completed GED classes as well as Anger Management and Life Skills counseling. In all since July of this year, seven inmates earned GED Diplomas, one inmate earned a high school diploma, sixteen inmates completed Anger Management Classes, and twenty-eight inmates earned certificates in Employment Techniques.
County Executive Picente, Assemblymen Brindisi as well as School Officials and Labor Unions Support The Gaming Referendum.
County Executive Picente along with Countywide Law Enforcement Elected Officials Call For Passage of Cyber-Bullying Legislation
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, surrounded by the Oneida County Sheriff, Oneida County District Attorney, members of the education community and Oneida County Legislators called for the passage of the anti-cyber-bullying legislation, introduced by Legislator Speciale to be passed into local law.
GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES 'NANO UTICA' $1.5 BILLION PUBLIC-PRIVATE INVESTMENT THAT WILL MAKE THE MOHAWK VALLEY NEW YORK’S NEXT MAJOR HUB OF NANOTECH RESEARCH
Investment by leading technology companies will create 1,000 new jobs, establish computer chip commercialization consortium to jump-start Nano Utica under construction at SUNYIT
Oneida County Government Flags To Be Flown At Half-Staff
Statement on the Passing of Associate Justice John T. Buckley From Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.
Picente Asks Board of Legislators for $500,000 For Program
Oneida County Executive has announced a new County Program aimed at building Oneida County back better after the flood of 2013. Picente has asked the Oneida County Board of Legislators to commit $500,000 to address the public works projects within the municipalities that were severely impacted by the storm water runoff or flooding from their waterways or bodies of water.
Acting Director Appointed While Search For New OHM Commissioner Set To Begin
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. announced that Oneida County Commissioner of Mental Health Linda Nelson has accepted a position as the Director of the Central New York Field Office of the New York State Office of Mental Health.
"There are numerous agencies that are working together to help restore the lives of our neighbors who suffered damage to their homes and properties,” Picente said. He added, “We want residents to be aware of any and all available assistance and encourage all those impacted by the flood to review the resources available at this link to support their recovery."
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Oneida County Commissioner of Personnel, John P. Talerico, was elected President of the New York State Public Employers Labor Relations Association (NYSPELRA) at the 39th annual training conference held July 16-19 at Saratoga Springs New York. Talerico has been a NYSPELRA member since 1998 and has held various board positions since 2006 most recently as Vice President of Region 3.
Oneida County College Student Corps Interns Emma Garcia, left, and Kelsey Wooldridge stand in the reconstructed apothecary shop at the Clinton Historical Society
Learning about their home region has made this summer unique for Oneida County College Student Corps interns Emma Garcia, left, of SUNY Fredonia and Kelsey Wooldridge of Randolph Macon College. They’ve been working at the Clinton Historical Society on a new exhibit. “We are surrounded by so much history on a daily basis and sometimes I think we never get to really see it and understand how much this community has to offer, and how rich its history really is,” Emma said.
New Billboard Campaign starts Thursday July 25th
Joined by Law Enforcement officials from the New York State Police, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, Utica Police Department and the Rome Police Department and members of the Traffic Safety Board, County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. will reveal the launch of the new STOP DWI advertising campaign. The phase includes the unveiling, throughout the county, a Billboard focused on the immediate legal consequences of driving while under the influence.
Picente Announces Phyllis D. Ellis New Oneida County Health Director
County Executive Also Announces Restructuring Of Health Department
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente has tapped Phyllis D. Ellis for the new Director of the Oneida County Health Department. The position has been vacant since August 2012. Current Interim Director Patrice Bogan will stay on in the new role of Deputy Director.
New York State and Oneida County Flood Recovery Center To Open In New Hartford on Sunday July, 21st.
In conjunction with New York State 2013 Flood Recovery Assistance Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. encourages all residents affected by flooding to go to the Oneida County Flood Recovery Center located at the New Hartford Fire Department 4 Oxford Rd. in New Hartford and begin the application process to receive assistance.
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente And Local Officials Tour Oneida County Flood Damage with DEC Commissioner
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On June 28, 2013, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued a Disaster Declaration in response to the devastating floods that occurred between June 26th and July 3rd in the Mohawk Valley and Niagara County. On July 17, 2013, in response to the impact of these floods and the lack of approved federal disaster aid for individual assistance, the Governor announced the creation of the Mohawk Valley and 2013 Upstate Flood Recovery Program.
The Oneida County Summer Youth Employment Program is working with local partners to clean up damage from this summer’s storms
Oneida County’s Summer Youth Program is an important part of Oneida County’s commitment to helping local agencies through community service. Multiple severe storms during June and early July left culverts and drainage areas on the Utica Zoo’s property plugged with debris, creating the potential for flooding and erosion. The Oneida County Summer Youth Employment Program teamed with the Zoo in an important project to clean out the drainage areas to protect the landscape and the neighborhoods downhill from Utica’s landmark Zoo.
Picente: Partners Join Oneida County in Continuing Teacher Training Program to Develop Future High-Tech Workforce
Building upon the success of his collaborative effort to develop a world-class home-grown workforce, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today announced that the SEMI High Tech U Teacher Edition will return for a second summer. Picente said the project, which helps local teachers inspire and educate students in key skill areas needed by local high-growth employers, is supported by the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, Workforce Investment Board, Mohawk Valley EDGE, BOCES and National Grid.
Designation Will Retain At Least 80 Jobs And Make Oneida County An RCE Hub
Today, New York State Office of Mental Health released a new Regional Center of Excellence Plan. The OMH is moving to a Regional Center of Excellence Model that will focus on an integrated health network, providing the most advanced diagnostics, treatment and support services available in the most effective way.
For Mackenzi VanSlyke of Lee Center, her internship at Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) has provided her more than just something to do this summer, it’s provided her with real world experience she will use in her future career. VanSlyke, who graduated from MVCC this spring, finds that the internship has helped reinforce what she learned in school, as well as providing her with new experiences. “It’s a lot of physical working. I get to learn the processes behind everything. Here it’s all teamwork,” she said.
The Oneida County Health Department is urging residents impacted by recent flooding conditions to take precautions when dealing with flood waters resulting from the heavy rains and overflow conditions.
The Oneida County Executive and the Oneida County Department of Emergency Services have released the following information for all Oneida County flood victims.
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr., today kicked off the Oneida County 2013 Summer Youth Employment Program with the program’s annual Work Readiness Day held at the Utica campus of Mohawk Valley Community College.
Oneida County College Student Corps Intern Kathleen Marscher works with Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired worker TJ Sanzo
The Oneida County College Student Corps is helping Oneida County-based students learn about great opportunities in their home region. Intern Kathleen Marscher of New Hartford is shaping her future this summer at the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Utica, one of Oneida County’s great employers.
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that the 5th Annual Oneida County Youth Bureau Sidewalk Art Contest will take place the week of July 8th at Oneida County municipalities and youth serving agencies. Children in age specific categories; 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-18 will have the opportunity to draw a positive scene on a single sidewalk slab with sidewalk chalk.
County urges local governments to follow like steps.
Picente and Officials from Mohawk Valley Edge To Meet With Legislators on Local Issues.
Oneida County Executive, Anthony Picente and Mohawk Valley EDGE President, Steven J DiMeo will be attending the 2013 Defense Communities National Summit in Washington D.C. on June 12th through the 14th. The conference is an annual conference held by the Association of Defense Communities.
Anthony Picente Jr. and Rob Maciol, Oneida County Sheriff, Announce Program to Monitor Sex Offenders in Oneida County
Program Will Regularly Advise Residents Offender’s Addresses
Picente: “Feature Permits Residents to Join Existing Garden or Develop New Ones”
A multi-phase project which partners the Oneida County Health Department’s Lead Primary Prevention Program with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), and designed to transform vacant lots into community gardens and park spaces now offers an interactive website which will allow users to find information about a specific garden and contact information if they wish to join.
Oneida County Board Legislators ratified the settlement 16-13
On May 28th the Oneida County Board of Legislators ratified the Historic settlement between the State of New York, Oneida County, Madison County and the Oneida Indian Nation. The agreement was passed in a special section by a vote of 16-13. The agreement will now be considered by the Madison County Board of Supervisors, and eventually will be sent to the NYS Senate and Assembly for their passage.
Picente and Timpano: Oneida County Finishes 2012 With Surplus
Strong Management and Sound Fiscal Discipline lead to 8.4Million dollar Surplus
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. and Oneida County Comptroller Joseph J. Timpano today announced that final reporting of Oneida County’s fiscal position at the end of 2012 show that the county has achieved an unaudited operating surplus of $8.4 Million.
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente announced today that Mayor Fusco and himself have sent an official letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
Picente and Fusco actively pursuing East Coast Anti-Missile Defense System
Joint letter sent to Secretary of Defense officially expressing interest in the project
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente announced today that Mayor Fusco and himself have sent an official letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel requesting that Griffiss International Airport be considered for the Eastern Air Defense Sector.
Picente says possible center could bring 800-1200 New Jobs
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that Griffiss Business & Technology Park received a site visit by FAA for potential siting of FAA’s new Air Traffic Control Center facility. The FAA site visit was in response to a solicitation from FAA for potential locations.
PROCLAMATION COUNTY OF ONEIDA, NEW YORK
PROCLAMATION, COUNTY OF ONEIDA, NEW YORK
WHEREAS: Stop DWI will be partnering with Oneida County School Districts to offer Teen Education Programs in schools to educate teens on the ways to avoid and the consequences of destructive decisions.
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that Oneida County is partnering with Mohawk Valley Community College and Premier Aviation Overhaul Center Ltd. to provide two fast-track aviation skills training programs that can help area men and women who have been laid off find work in the high-growth field of aviation.
Herkimer-Oneida Counties Census Data Affiliate Officially Opens Blog
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente announced today that they are now operating a census and data related blog in order to make information more readily available to the public, private agencies, businesses and policy makers. The blog can be found at: http://hocensus.blogspot.com and is administered by The Herkimer-Oneida County Census Data Affiliate.
Picente urges FAA to take closer look at Griffiss Tower
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today that it will delay the closures of all 149 federal contract air traffic control towers until June 15. Last month, the FAA announced it would eliminate funding for these towers as part of the agency’s required $637 million budget cuts under sequestration according to the FAA.
Oneida County Youth Bureau and Office For Aging Announces Open Sign Up For 5th Annual Intergenerational Spring Clean-Up
Oneida County Youth Bureau and Office for Aging, today, announced that volunteers and participants can sign up for the 5th Annual Intergenerational Spring Clean-Up that will take place the weekend of Saturday April 20th and Sunday April 21st. The clean-up, which takes place during National Volunteer Week, is collaboration between the Oneida County Youth Bureau, the Oneida County Office for the Aging and Continuing Care, Oneida County colleges, school districts and youth organizations.
On April 1, 2013, Oneida County Department of Public Works will close Pleasant Street to through traffic due to the replacement of a box culvert over a Branch of Starch Factory Creek. The structure is at the end of its life expectancy and needs to be replaced. The replacement will allow for more efficient water run off making for safer roadway conditions.
County Executive Picente announced today he is actively pursuing options allowing the Griffiss International Airport Tower to remain open for business. On March 22nd the FAA announced it would close the FAA Control Tower at Griffiss Airport due to automatic budget cuts that were triggered by sequestration.
Picente met with his airport team as well as the major tenants at Griffiss to discuss every option to secure a seamless transition from an FAA Control Tower to a Control Tower that remains open without federal funding.
Picente working with state and federal legislators to pursue every option
Today, Anthony Picente delivered to the FAA an official letter of appeal laying out the specific reasons the Air Control Tower at Griffiss should remain open. The FAA is considering one rationale for keeping certain towers open; National Interest.
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced that he and Oneida County Court Judge Michael L. Dwyer will further explain the County’s position on FOIL requests of pistol permit records.
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Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that the Oneida County Health Department’s Lead Primary Prevention Program has received a $30,000 increase in funding provided by the New York State Department of Health’s Lead Primary Prevention grant and will use that money to increase inspections in the areas of Utica at the highest risk of lead poisoning.
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced that in 2012, 926 Oneida County youth gave back 560 volunteer hours to the community through the Oneida County Children Care Initiative, an Oneida County Youth Bureau initiative that began in 2009.
In another measure of the outstanding work done at Oneida County’s 911 Emergency Operations Center, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that the New York State Sheriff’s Association has bestowed its coveted accreditation upon Oneida County’s center.
Accreditation by the NYS Sheriff’s Association requires that 70 standards be met. Only 12 911 Centers in New York State have been able to achieve this standard.
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., this week presided over the annual New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) Legislative Conference, and noted that the conference resulted in a strong show of unity in favor of reforms that can help property taxpayers.
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that over the next several months Air National Guard C-17s will conduct periodic night training at Griffiss International Airport in Rome.
Members of the 137th Air Lift Squadron, 105th Airlift Wing at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburg will be conducting conventional and simulated night time tactical approaches to the Griffiss runway. The Guard unit is coordinating with Million Air Fixed Base Operators (FBO) for support activities during the period.
Picente Urges Oneida County-Based Students, Employers To Apply Now for College Corps Summer Internships
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. Last year, 145 interns worked at 51 Oneida County employers in the highly successful internship program.
Picente: “Another ‘Tool in the Toolbox’ to Combat Childhood Lead Poisoning”
As Oneida County’s 911 Center marked its first year of fielding emergency calls made from all Oneida County communities, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today called the year of successful operations a major step in protecting the public and developing strong inter-governmental partnerships.
Picente also released figures showing that the Center received 354,490 calls (including both 911 and 7 digit calls). Of those, 128,314 were placed using the 911 emergency number.
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. today announced that Oneida County’s Personnel Department will be using Facebook and Twitter to post new employment opportunities.