2013 News Archives

Posted: 12/11/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 12/10/2013

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 is a thoughtful leader who has command of the issues facing our counties, and... Read more

Posted: 12/09/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 12/09/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 10/30/2013

County Executive Picente, Assemblymen Brindisi as well as School Officials and Labor Unions Support The Gaming Referendum.

New Yorkers currently spend more than $1.2 billion a year at destination casinos in neighboring states. Allowing casinos in New York will help generate economic activity, fund our schools,... Read more

Posted: 10/24/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 10/10/2013

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

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that six leading global technology companies will invest $1.5 billion to create ‘Nano Utica,’ the state’s... Read more

Posted: 09/26/2013

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.

“Associate Justice Buckley was a fair and wise man who approached his time on the bench with humility and honor. He was a permanent... Read more

Posted: 09/09/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 09/04/2013

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. 

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Posted: 08/19/2013

"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 ... Read more

Posted: 08/13/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 07/31/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 07/25/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 07/23/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 07/22/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 07/17/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 07/12/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 07/12/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 07/10/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 07/03/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 07/02/2013

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.

County Executive Picente said "In our ongoing effort to assist and inform those impacted by the flooding we ask that everyone take the... Read more

Posted: 07/01/2013

The Oneida County Executive and the Oneida County Department of Emergency Services have released the following information for all Oneida County flood victims.

Any financial assistance that could come from the Federal government will not be available until a Presidential Declaration has been announced for disaster areas, including Oneida... Read more

Posted: 06/27/2013

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.

“To help young people make the most of this work experience, we are offering a day to help them prepare for work... Read more

Posted: 06/27/2013

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.

Kathleen Marscher... Read more

Posted: 06/27/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 06/14/2013

County urges local governments to follow like steps.

Oneida County government has long held a standard for obtaining outside counsel. By law, the County Attorney’s office must solicit at least three separate proposals and follow the County’s procurement policy to hire outside counsel on a contract basis. In most... Read more

Posted: 06/11/2013

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.... Read more

Posted: 06/11/2013

Program Will Regularly Advise Residents Offender’s Addresses

Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol and Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente will announce that the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office will join over 1500 law enforcement agencies nationwide and more than 40 New York agencies in using the ... Read more

Posted: 06/11/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 05/30/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 05/14/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 05/14/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 04/23/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 04/23/2013


WHEREAS:         children are our greatest resource and deserve to grow up in surroundings that are safe and nurturing,
WHEREAS:         victims of child abuse and neglect can suffer a lifetime of... Read more
Posted: 04/17/2013


WHEREAS:         Stop DWI will be partnering with Oneida County School Districts to offer Teen Education Programs in schools to educate teens on the... Read more

Posted: 04/11/2013

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.

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Posted: 04/11/2013

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:... Read more

Posted: 04/11/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 04/11/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 04/11/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 03/28/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 03/13/2013

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. 

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Posted: 02/27/2013

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.      

Time:  10:30 a.m.

Date:   Thursday February 28, 2013

Place:  ... Read more

Posted: 02/26/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 02/19/2013

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 these hard times when the community’s needs have never been greater, the... Read more

Posted: 02/14/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 02/12/2013

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.

“For all that you hear about difference between regions of the... Read more

Posted: 02/08/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 01/17/2013

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.

Applications for college students who want to be... Read more

Posted: 01/16/2013

Picente: “Another ‘Tool in the Toolbox’ to Combat Childhood Lead Poisoning”

The Oneida County Lead Poisoning Prevention field staff is employing innovative technology solutions to increase both the efficiency and effectiveness of their home inspection activities, County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr.... Read more

Posted: 01/14/2013

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... Read more

Posted: 01/08/2013

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.

The sites will provide updates and information on Civil Service Examination announcements. Civil Service lists established from examination results are used to fill... Read more