2015 Press Releases
Picente Lays Out Vision For a 3rd Term And The Future Of the Region
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr, joined by family friends, supporters as well as members of the Board of Legislators, Elected Officials and many others, was sworn into office to begin an unprecedented 3rd term by The Honorable John Balzano. Picente is currently the longest serving County Executive in the Oneida County history.
F.A.T.S. System Funded Through Partners In Prosperity Program. First Demonstration by Mohawk Valley Police Academy will also take place.
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr, joined by Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol and Utica Police Chief Mark Williams and the Mohawk Valley Police Academy trainees will announce and demonstrate the new state of the art Fire Arms Training System program.
Picente, Joined by V.V.S Superintendent Martha Group, Announces Funding, Location and Scope of the V.V.S. Animal Science Center
Animal Science Center Will Be Funded Through Partners In Prosperity Program
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr, joined by Superintendent Martha Group and the V.V.S. Agriculture Department will announce the location, funding and scope for the VVS Animal Science Center, an instructional facility used to teach STEM through Applied Animal Science by the VVS Agriculture Department. The project is being funded with nearly $500,000 through Partners in Prosperity, a program put in place using Oneida Nation Gaming Revenue.
As a part of National PrepaAthon! Day the Oneida County Health Department is releasing its animated B’Ready Family “Walk the World Prepared” YouTube disaster preparedness videos in English, Spanish, Arabic, Bosnian, Russian, Karen and Burmese. “Oneida County is a highly diverse community and we want to ensure that important messages on topics such as personal preparedness are accessible to a variety of audiences”, stated Oneida County Executive, Anthony J. Picente, Jr.
Oneida County Juvenile Justice Leaders Named Fellows of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University
Project Completion Next Component of Comprehensive Countywide Arrest Diversion Program
Dental Network is a Partnership between Oneida County and New York State Association of Counties.
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr, joined by Department Heads and the Board of Legislators will announce Oneida County’s partnership with the New York State Association of Counties to provide residents with a new voluntary Dental Network Card Program.
Paying Off Amortization Bill Early Saves Taxpayers Half A Million Dollars
County Executive Anthony J. Picente announced today that Oneida County paid off $4,315,349 in amortized state retirement payments from 2015, 10 years ahead of schedule. The amortization of retirement bills has been an approach used since 2011. By paying the $4,315,349 in less than one year instead of the ten years allowed by law the County saves taxpayers $689,517 in interest payments.
New Configuration Will Increase Downtown Utica Parking by Creating 178 Additional Spots
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr, announces the parking project for the Oneida County Office Building’s, located at 800 Park Ave in downtown Utica, outdoor parking lot has begun.
The parking project aims to alleviate some downtown parking concerns in and around the downtown Utica County campus. The current parking lot has 323 spots and street parking is routinely used by employees and those traveling to the County Building.
We have all been told at one time or another that waiting is the hardest part of any good thing. Such was the case with the Marcy Nanocenter project. While many have questioned a process over the years that has involved numerous officials from all levels of government as well as tens of millions of dollars of investment in infrastructure and permitting, the end result is a new and bright future for Oneida County and the region.
Residents are invited to participate in a public health emergency preparedness POD (Point of Distribution) exercise at MVCC Jorgensen Athletic and Event Center (1101 Sherman Dr. Utica, NY) on Tuesday, September 1st, from 1:00 -2:30 pm Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr.
Oneida County Executive Releases Video Footage Of Train Crash at Union Station
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr, has released a statement in regards to the July 21st Rail Car incident that culminated with a wreck at Union Station in Utica as well as video footage captured, at Union Station, of the Crash.
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente has appointed Kevin Green to fill the recently vacated position of Director of the Oneida County Youth Bureau. Former Director Robert Roth retired in April of 2015 and had held the position since 2008.
Kevin Green comes to the position from Notre Dame High School where he was a Physical Education teacher as well as the Physical Education Department Chair and previously was that school’s head varsity baseball coach. Since 2015 in addition to his duties at Notre Dame he serves as head coach of New Hartford Varsity Baseball.
Oneida County, NY, has been named one of America’s top digital counties by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties. The survey identifies best technology practices among counties nationwide.
Oneida County’s District Attorney’s office recently became the first in the State of New York to go paperless. The county’s new Laserfiche system has streamlined court operations by:
The Oneida County Public Market has again made the list of the “101 Best Farmers Markets in America for 2014” developed by an online food and drink website, The Daily Meal, for a third consecutive year. The site covers food related news and events happening across the country including restaurant ratings, wine and beverage recommendations, recipes, and photos.
Test flights advance NUAIR’s mission of safely integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace
Today, the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR Alliance) announced that Aurora Flight Sciences successfully flew multiple unmanned test flights of the company’s Centaur optionally piloted aircraft (OPA) from Griffiss International Airport in Rome, New York.
28 projects will be funded through Partners In Prosperity Funding
County Executive Picente announced today 28 individual projects impacting arts, culture and STEM education that are funded through the Partners In Prosperity Funding.
The County budget allocated $830,000 in grant funding for 2015. $330,000 is set aside for arts and culture projects and $500,000 for STEM Education projects.
Oneida County to Partner with The Community Foundation to Expand Arts and Culture Investment
County Executive Picente announced today 35 projects impacting arts, culture and STEM education will be funded through the Partners In Prosperity Funding as allocated in the county’s 2015 budget.
“The requests were far greater than the money available,” said Picente, adding that 55 proposals were submitted. “That is a testament to all the amazing things happening in our community.”
Four new Deputy Sheriffs and one new Correction Officer were sworn in this morning at a ceremony held at the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office. Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol administered the Oath of Office to the new members and Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente addressed them and their families, who were also present at this morning’s formal event.
Deputy Sheriffs assigned to the Patrol Division are:
Deputy Andrew Benkwitt Jr. of Utica
Deputy Stephen Leuthauser of Waterville
Two Projects Will Be Completed This Season, One In Town Of Paris, The Other In The Village of Whitesboro
Today, surrounded by Representatives from the Village of Whitesboro and the Sauquoit Creek Basin Inter-municipal Commission, County Executive Picente announced funding for two flood mitigation projects.
New Contract Improves Quality, Reduces Waiting List and Restores Hot Daily Meals
County Executive Picente today, announced a new contract to provide meals to seniors in Oneida County that take part in the Senior Nutrition Program. Currently there are approximately 700 persons receiving home delivered meals and 150 meals at eleven congregate dining sites throughout the County.
Increase Payment Is Due To Prolonged Harsh Winter Conditions
County Executive Picente announced today, and increase of $200 per mile in additional payment for this past winter to municipalities that have snow plow contracts with the county.
County Executive Picente said “we have built a strong financial base in our County and with it have accumulated an operating surplus for the past four years. These responsible approaches to our finances have allowed us the flexibility to react to unforeseen circumstances as they arise.”
Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol and Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente officially recognized the Corrections Officers and employees that work at the Oneida County Jail in conjunction with this week being “National Corrections Officers and Employees Week” all across America.
Strong Management and Sound Fiscal Discipline lead to 5.1 Million 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 2014 show that the county has achieved an unaudited operating surplus of $5.1 Million.
First Disbursements of Partners In Prosperity Public Safety Funding From Historic Oneida Nation Settlement
Today, County Executive Picente presented Body Armor to local Police Agencies. The Body Armor was purchased with Partners In Prosperity Public Safety Funding that was allocated in the 2015 budget through funds received from the historic Oneida Indian Nation Settlement. This is the first disbursement of these funds.
Mercy Flight Central Will Be Located At Griffiss International Airport
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced the arrival of a new, air medical base operation by Mercy Flight Central at Griffiss International Airport which will begin this June. The agreement calls for a temporary base of operation from June through Labor Day. Mercy Flight Central will station one of its aircraft from 9:00am to 9:00pm, 7 days a week.
Events Include the Safety and Education Programs and 4th 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 is the week of April 27th.
“Teen Safety is a top priority for myself and Oneida County Government. The Teen Traffic Safety Education Program,
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.
National Telecommunicator Week celebrated April 12-18
ORISKANY – April 12-18 is designated as National Telecommunicators Week. As such, the Oneida County 911 Center will host an open house on Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente announced that the Oneida County Industrial Development Agency (OCIDA) in furtherance of the Oneida County Vision 2020 – “Path Toward Prosperity Initiative,” has created a Uniform Tax Exemption and Agency Benefits Policy to encourage development of specific types of market rate rental housing.
In recognition of National Public Health Week (NPHW), April 6th – 11th, Oneida County Health Department invites the public to Chat Live with Health Department staff on April 9th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm to get their questions answered on Flu & Immunization, Car Seat Safety, Rabies and Tics/Lyme Disease.
Oneida County Sewer District to Host Earth Day Celebration April 18 at Jay-K Lumber in New Hartford
Oneida County Sewer District representatives invite homeowners and businesses to learn how they can help reduce sanitary sewer overflows into the Mohawk River at the Operation Ripple Effect Earth Day Celebration starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, at Jay-K Lumber in New Hartford.
National Weather Service officials have recognized Oneida County N. Y. as a StormReady® County.
The StormReady program helps community leaders and residents better prepare for hazardous weather and flooding. StormReady counties have made a strong commitment to implement the infrastructure and systems needed to save lives and protect property when severe weather strikes.
New Building Is a Multipurpose Terminal and Customs Inspection Building
Today Oneida County Executive was joined by Chairman of the Board of Legislators Gerald Fiorini and surrounded by elected officials, tenants of Griffiss International Airport and the Business and Technology Park as well as representatives of C&S engineering and other contractors as they cut the ribbon on the brand new Gateway Terminal Building at the Griffiss International Airport.
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced that in 2014, 951 Oneida County youth gave back an amazing 1,995 volunteer hours to the community through the Oneida County Children Care Initiative, an Oneida County Youth Bureau initiative that began in 2009.
Focus Of The Region Should Be On Winning Competition
County Executive Anthony J. Picente released the following statement on the proposed Upstate Revitalization Fund:
Paying Off Amortization Bill Early Saves Taxpayers Half A Million Dollars
County Executive Anthony J. Picente announced today that Oneida County paid off $5,614,826 in amortized state retirement payments from 2014, 9 years ahead of schedule. The amortization of retirement bills has been an approach used since 2011. By paying the $5,614,826 in one year instead of the ten years allowed by law the County saves taxpayers $953,437 in interest payments.
“I am a strong believer in collaborative approaches to economic development – because the success of a business owner in one part of Oneida can easily translate to jobs or economic activity in another part of the State. That’s why I am very excited about Governor Cuomo’s proposal to create a new $1.5 billion economic development competition just for Upstate regions like Oneida County. It’s a great way to boost local businesses and make our communities more competitive in the private sector.
“I thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for this responsibility and look forward to being a member of the Board of Trustees and serving in the governance and oversight of the Authority. The New York Power Authority is America's largest state power organization working with businesses, non-profits and municipalities while supporting thousands of jobs and reducing public sector costs and does this without any tax revenue or state credit. I look forward to assisting business in keeping their power costs down so they can expand and be competitive.” This appointment is a
Picente To Washington, Representing NYSAC at National Council of County Association Executives (NCCAE) and the State Association Presidents & Executive Directors Meeting
County Executive Picente will be on hand to discuss national strategies for Transportation, Infrastructure, Legislative priorities and other topics effecting Counties with a National Perspective
On Friday County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. along with NYSAC Executive Director will be attending the National Council of County Association Executives (NCCAE) and the State Association Presidents & Executive Directors Meeting January 8th and 9th.
County Executive Picente has made available an RFP for Funding Arts and Culture and STEM Education Via Oneida Settlement Money
On Monday County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. announced Oneida County’s Requests for Proposals for funding that has been allocated in the 2015 budget for Arts and Culture and STEM Education through the Partners in Prosperity Funding.
"I was saddened to hear of the loss of Governor Mario Cuomo. He was truly one of the great giants of the Empire State. In my encounters with the former Governor I found him to be a genuine and humble man who cared deeply about New York and its residents. A first generation Italian American, Mario Cuomo has been a shining example of what we all can accomplish with perseverance. From Jamaica, Queens he rose to national prominence with a gift for electrifying oratory, still studied in classrooms today.