2014 Press Releases
Testing capabilities being deployed in region are first in US One of the first cross-regional projects to receive REDC funding
1 Millionth Fresh Fuel Gallon Sold
Today County Executive Picente announced the 1millionth fresh fuel gallon sold this year. This is the first time that Griffiss has sold/dispensed 1 million gallons of fresh fuel we have met this goal ahead of projections. Through the combined efforts of Million Air and Griffiss International Airport Team, this milestone has been made possible.
“Eleanor and I are saddened by the passing of Charles Lanigan. Mr. Lanigan was the very first County Executive here in Oneida County in 1963. The legacy he left is in the example he set as the Chief Executive of our County. He had vision and leadership abilities that every County Executive should try to emulate. His accomplishments were monumental, from securing Utica as the County Seat of government, construction of a new County Office Building, a catalyst for the creation of the SUNY Campus in Oneida County and leading the region through a fundamental change in government.
Oneida County Emergency Services Is Now Employing New Technology To Allow For Texting.
On Wednesday County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. announced a new service where people can text 911 to alert the nature of an emergency and its location.
County Executive Picente said “When we began our consolidation of a countywide 911 system we had in mind these very advances. The goal was to create a system that was more efficient while leveraging the best practices and technologies available.”
First unmanned aircraft system flies at Griffiss FAA test site, part of testing to integrate UAS into class D airspace
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced that once again the Oneida County Youth Bureau and the Oneida County Office for the Aging and Continuing Care will join forces to unite area youth with the elderly to deliver general yard clean-up services through their 6th Annual Intergenerational Fall Clean-Up scheduled for Saturday October 25th and Sunday October 26th.
As a part of National Preparedness Month, Oneida County Health Department is kicking off the first phase of the “Walk the World Prepared” campaign, announced Oneida County Executive, Anthony J. Picente, Jr. The campaign includes short web-based videos in multiple languages that make preparedness manageable through the use of everyday skills and small, low-cost steps. “Severe weather and other emergencies can strike suddenly and have disastrous consequence for all members of our community”, Picente stated.
County delegates from across the state today unanimously elected Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. as the next president of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC). The election was part of NYSAC’s Annual Fall Seminar and educational program help in Erie County from September 22-24, 2014.
Literacy Coalition hosts inaugural Alexandra G. Kogut Spelling Bee Fundraiser
WHO: Literacy Coalition of Herkimer & Oneida Counties
WHAT: Alexandra G. Kogut Spell-a-Palooza - Spelling Bee Fundraiser
WHERE: Daniele’s at Valley View
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente today announced the launch of the new, free, “Have a Plan” mobile APP , which encourages people to have a plan to get home safely if they are impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Oneida County has launched a new downloadable online tool that will help residents create their own personal preparedness plan County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. announced today. The Ready Oneida County Family Preparedness Planner is a short, interactive document that residents can download and complete by filling out important information including meeting places, key contacts and a kit checklist to track preparedness items as you build your emergency kit.
USA Luge Search Returns To Utica August 16th and 17th
Joined by Woman’s Luge Olympic Bronze Medalist Erin Hamlin of Remsen and Mayor Robert Palmieri of Utica, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, today announced that young Oneida County athletes who want to emulate Hamlin’s amazing run in Sochi while training under the guidance of USA Luge National Team coaches can do so when the USA Slider Search returns to Utica on August 16th and August 17th.
Vision 2020 Full Report Will Include Website Launch and Action Plan
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Approves Wetlands Permit, Paving the Way for Major Development and Significant Job Creation at Marcy anocenter
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that the 6th Annual Oneida County Youth Bureau Sidewalk Art Contest will take place the week of July 7th 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.
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced that the Oneida County Youth Bureau is accepting proposals from interested non-profit organizations and cities, towns and villages that would like the opportunity to provide youth-oriented programs that offer delinquency prevention, recreation and positive youth development opportunities during 2015.
$500,000 Being Awarded To Combat Future Flooding
County Executive Picente announced the first projects aimed at mitigating the devastating effects of flooding throughout the area. The announcement was made at the Oriskany Creek where one of the projects will take place.
Joined By Historical Societies Picente Unveiled The Commissioned Centennial Plaque
County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. alongside members of Oneida County’s Board of Legislators, Elected officials and historical preservation organizations such as the Landmark society and the Historic Railroad Society and others officially kicked off Union Station’s three day Centennial Celebration. Historic Boehlert Center at Union Station in Utica opened in 1914.
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 2013 show that the county has achieved an unaudited operating surplus of $1.5Million
“We have ended the year once again with an operating surplus by practicing good government and proving our commitment to fiscal responsibility. You see this commitment in today’s announcement and in the recent raising of the County’s credit rating. ” Said County Executive Picente
Under the ‘Mohawk Valley and Niagara County Assessment Relief Act,’ home and business owners in Oneida County whose properties sustained major damage in the flooding of 2013 can apply for a property tax reassessment, if their 2013 assessed value did not reflect this damage. This legislation is important tax relief for local property owners who sustained significant damage in last year’s major flooding.
ROC2VOTE Initiative Aimed At Registering Voters County Wide
The Oneida County Executive along with the Oneida County Board of Elections announced at a press conference on Tuesday, that Thursday, May 15th, 2014 ROC2VOTE Day in Oneida County. ROC2VOTE is an initiative to register residents throughout the County.
Picente: “We’ll Address Health Issues Associated with Some Aged Housing Stock”
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced a grant of more than a million dollars being awarded to the Oneida County Health Department for the purposes of improving environmental health surveillance in neighborhoods of Rome and adjoining towns having aged housing stock that creates conditions that lead to health concerns among the occupants.
S&P Upgrades Oneida County Credit Rating To AA-
County Executive Anthony J. Picente and Oneida County Comptroller Joseph Timpano announced today a raise in Oneida County’s credit rating from A+ to AA- by Standard and Poors, one of three major credit rating institutions in the United States. The other two credit rating institutions, Moody’s and Fitch maintained their ratings for the County.
Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol announced today that the Sheriff’s Marine Patrol will offer three additional “New York State Boater Safety Course” classes
According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, the Sheriff’s Marine Patrol Unit will be offering three additional New York State Boater Safety Course classes. These additional classes are being held due to the high demand and need from the residents of Oneida County .
The three upcoming classes and their locations are:
1.) Saturday, May 24, 2014 – Oneida County STOP/DWI Office located at 200 Base Road, Oriskany
The Oneida County STOP DWI Program said thank you, today to the men and women who protect our roadways with a Recognition breakfast, which was held at MVCC. The breakfast is designed to honor individual officers and Police Agencies in Oneida County for their outstanding DWI Enforcement efforts.
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month in Oneida County
County Executive Picente along with Oneida County Department of Social Services and community partners announced Child Abuse Awareness Month for the Month of April.
Russell Stark New Aviation Commissioner
County Executive Anthony J. Picente announced today that Russell Stark has been appointed as Aviation Commissioner at the Oneida County Griffiss International Airport. Russell Stark is retired from the United States Army. Over an accomplished 32 year career Russell Stark had served in a multitude of roles culminating as the Deputy Chief of Airspace Command and Control, Aviation Operations and Plans, Fort Riley, KS.
Events Include the Safety and Education Programs and 3rd Annual Baseball Classic
County Executive Picente along with Oneida County Youth Bureau and Oneida County Stop DWI, participating school districts, partners and sponsors announced Teen Safety and Education Week. Teen Safety and Education Week will be the week of April 22nd.
Oneida County residents may contact the CNYSPCA Animal Cruelty Investigations Division, beginning April 1st, by calling CNYSPCA through their Animal Cruelty Hotline at 315-454-3469. Residents may also file an online complaint at www.crueltyinvestigations.org. Residents can also file a complaint by visiting the CNY SPCA website at www.cnyspca.org or residents can call their local Police Departments.
Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol announced today that the Sheriff’s Marine Patrol will offer the “New York State Boater Safety Course”
According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, the Sheriff’s Marine Patrol Unit will be offering three upcoming New York State Boater Safety Course classes. They will be held at the Oneida County Stop DWI Office located at 200 Base Road in Oriskany. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch or snacks with them as the class will take eight hours to complete. The classes will be held on April 12th, 19th, and 26th – each beginning promptly at 8:30am.
SPCA To Conduct Animal Cruelty Investigations in Oneida County
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. announced at a press conference today an agreement with Central New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CNYSPCA). The agreement creates a relationship between the County of Oneida and the CNYSPCA in order for the CNYSPCA to function as Oneida County’s animal cruelty investigators going forward.
Picente: An historic day for Oneida County
Today, March 4, United States District Court Northern District of New York, United States District Judge Lawrence Kahn approved the settlement agreement between the State of New York, Madison County, Oneida County and the Oneida Indian Nation.
2013 Utilized 833 Youth Volunteers and 3700 Hours of Service.
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced that in 2013, 833 Oneida County youth gave back an incredible 3,070 volunteer hours to the community through the Oneida County Children Care Initiative, an Oneida County Youth Bureau initiative that began in 2009.
Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol is pleased to announce that the presentation of the New York State Sheriff's Association's Civil Deputy of the Year was awarded to Lt. Sandra Easton on February 17, 2014 during the New York State Sheriff's Association annual award ceremony currently being held during the Sheriff's Winter Conference in Albany.
“I and all of Oneida County would like to congratulate new Olympic Bronze Medalist Erin Hamlin of Remsen today. Her unshakable determination and dedication has led to this unbelievable accomplishment. Erin is the first American to medal at the Olympics in the Individual Luge Event. As a community we all stand to give her the ovation she has earned. Congratulations again Erin, you have made our entire community and indeed the entire nation proud”
YDVPC Next Step in Community Involvement in Youth Development and Violence Prevention
County Executive Anthony J. Picente announced today the creation of the Oneida County Youth Development and Violence Coalition. The YDVPC will be created by the current Oneida County Youth Services Council. The announcement was made today at the Annual State of Oneida County Youth Development Council Annual Meeting.
NUAIR, an Alliance of public, private and academic partners in both states will lead development of civil and commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)
UAS test sites could create more than 2,600 jobs in New York and Massachusetts by 2017